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Let’s start with this: the Carmelo Anthony to Boston rumor is just that – a rumor. Bert Ramirez of Rappler.com is not a particularly reliable source as far as I can tell. That being said, we have heard rumors in the past of Carmelo wanting to play with Rajon Rondo and the NBA is a league, especially in this era, where a team needs three stars to be a true contender. If the Celtics want to contend next season, they’d be silly not to consider ‘Melo, and vice versa. Right?
I’m not so sure. This is a guy who has been past the first round of the playoffs only twice in his career. Once was with Denver in 2008-09 and once was against a weakened, Rondo-less Celtics team in the 2012-13 postseason. In a league where half the teams make the playoffs, getting past the first round is really a bare minimum to be a contender. Does Carmelo have it in him to be a winner? He’s played with some talented teams and coaches but can’t seem to make the jump to being a champion. He’s running out of time too - he’ll be 30 next season.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have Anthony as a scorer on my team. But his history with the Knicks and Nuggets has shown that he wants to be a bit more than just a scorer. He wants to be the team leader, the first option, the guy with the ball in his hands. Kevin Love hasn’t made a name for himself in the playoffs, but he has the excuse of a bad organization and a bad team. What’s ‘Melo’s excuse? Does he deserve a max contract? I sure don’t know but I can say it’s fun to re-live this old battle again: