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LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade entered the league as four of the top five selections in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Now, 11 years later, they all could join forces in South Beach.
With rumors swirling about a possible alliance in Miami, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher will reportedly meet with Anthony this weekend to discuss the player option on his contract and how he can be a fit in the triangle offense with the Knicks going forward.
Can Jackson and Fisher sell Anthony on remaining in a New York state of mind?
Can James convince Anthony to take his talents to South Beach?
Mick Scotto of SheridanHoops.com joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss the chances of Anthony joining the Heat, his upcoming meeting with Jackson and Fisher, and more.
New York’s worst nightmare became a reality when the Knicks were officially eliminated from the playoffs.
“The beginning of the season, nobody ever thought we would be in this situation, this position that we’re in right now,” Carmelo Anthony said Sunday.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, Anthony appears further from competing for a championship than ever before.
As a result, the Chicago Bulls have become New York’s top competition for Anthony’s services this summer.
Anthony spoke glowingly of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as Frank Isola wrote for the New York Daily News.
Will Anthony leave New York for Chicago?
Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops.com joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss the chances of Anthony leaving, what will factor into his decision, and how Phil Jackson believes he’s a fit for his Triangle offense.
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Today on the 3rd edition of The Best Damn Podcast Period we have a jam packed show. There will be no guests on the show today so just a dose of BT today. As always the show has been brought to you by Tru School Sports. Here's what we have on tap for today.
NBA Finals Talk
Yoenis Cespedes Throw
Bob Welch Dies at 57
Brandon Lafell-Roman Harper
Bills want earlier beer sales
Carmelo Anthony Needs to sign with the Charlotte Hornets
Its going to be a great show!!
We are in the midst of one of the most historic NBA free agency summers ever.
- On tonight's show, we will discuss Lebron James' upcoming decision on whether he will return to Miami or head back home to Clevleland.
- Lebron James and his agent Rich Paul met with Pat Riley today in Las Vegas
- Cavaliers are doing all they can to lure Lebron to town. Today they cleared $24 million in cap room by completing a three-team trade with the Celtics and Nets.
- The Cavs are also reportedly pursuing Ray Allen and Mike Miller
- Could the Cavs trade away Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love? Should they?
- We will discuss which team is the better fit for Lebron, Miami or Cleveland?
- Carmelo Anthony has reportedly decided to resign with the Knicks, barring a "last minute change of heart."
- Phil Jackson can turn things around in New York if Melo returns? Could they soon be championship contenders?
- We will interview former NFL player Jovan Haye
- We will close the show discussing the Argentina victory over Netherlands today, as they will meet Germany in the World Cup Final.
- PJ Hariston was charged with assault and battery after punching a high school kid in the face. Getting off on the wrong foot?
1A- Are the NY Mets turning things around??
1B- NY Yankees- Masahiro Tanaka is injured. How will this affect the rest of the Bronx Bombers season and will he pitch again this season??
2A- Chris Wiedman vs. Vitor Belfort?? Will this happen?? Is this a viable match??
2B- Canelo Alvarez beats Erislandy Lara. What's next for Alavarez??
3A- Paul Pierce signs with the Washington Wizards.
3B- The Los Angeles Lakers trade for Jeremy Lin's expiring contract.
3C- Pau Gasol signs with the Chicago Bulls.
3D- The Houston Roclets let Chanlder Parson's a restricted free agent go to the Dallas Mavericks who also lose Vince Carter as he signs with the Memphis Grizzlies.
3E- Miami Heat resign Chris Bosh to a max deal and also sign Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger with Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem also set to return. Does this offset losing Lebron?
3F- Lebron James returns to the Cleveland Cavs. How does this affect the NBA, Eastern Conference and the Cleveland??
3G- Carmelo Anthony returns to the NY Knicks?? Does his resinging and the moves Phil Jackson's made make the Blue and Orange a contender??
The Closer and The Comic are back giving you the week's top stories in Sports and Sports Gossip
Special Guest NBA Analyst Jabari Davis will check in at 6:45 pm
NHL 6-615p The Kingd Finish off the Rangers
NBA 615-630p The Spurs have the Heat on the Brink can Miami make a comeback and make history at the same time?
Soccer 630p-640p The World cup Begins
Lebron james 640-7pm If the Miami Heat lose this series how does it effect his legacy?
7pm-715 Carmelo Anthony says he is still testing Free Agency
Are the Miami Heat planning on going after Carmelo Anthony and if they land him is it good or bad for the NBA?
Donald Sterling Will not go quiet threatening to investrgate all 29 other owners and commisioner
715p-730p Bobby Ramos who is this man pissing off the Miami Heat's coach and players ?
Carmeo Anthony has 30 million reasons to remain with the New York Knicks after he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
But if the Knicks don't have his word that he'll re-sign with them for five years at a max salary, can they afford to take the risk that he might leave? That is the question owner Jim Dolan and his tight-lipped lieutenants are asking themselves as New York struggles through the first half of the season, entering tonight's game against the Miami Heat as the 11th-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, tied in the win column with the overachieving Philadelphia 76ers and the underachieving Cleveland Cavaliers.
Across the East River, the Brooklyn Nets just won their fourth straight game, preventing the Golden State Warriors from becoming the first team in NBA history to go undefeated on a road trip of seven games or more.
So while the Nets are making positive headlines, the Knicks are suffering. They go into tonight's nationally televised game against the Miami Heat as the league laughingstock, and they don't gave the fallback of having a chance to win the draft lottery because they traded away their 2014 pick in the deal to acquire Anthony.
Is it time to declare the Anthony era a failure?
And if so, is it time to get what they can for 'Melo rather than risk losing him for nothing to a team such as the Lakers would will be able to offer him a max contract?
I discussed that scenario -- along with several other topics from around the NBA -- in this interview with Bob Kemp on SportsZone 1060 in Phoenix. Enjoy.
What is Phil Jackson trying to accomplish by playing a game of chicken with Carmelo Anthony? Maybe, just maybe, he is trying to run him out of New York.
The new Knicks president had a lot to say about Carmelo in a meeting with reporters on Wednesday, and the most telling thing he said was that he hoped Anthony would stay true to his word and accept less than max money when the sides sit down to discuss a new contract after Anthony plunges into unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Anthony did indeed say he'd take less than the max if it would help the Knicks become a true championship contending team. But Anthony said it only once, at the All-Star break, and Anthony sometimes says things he doesn't really mean.
I would argue that this is one of those times.
Think about it ... Jackson has just given Rockets president Daryl Morey all the ammunition he needs to make the perfect pitch to Anthony, something that might sound like this: "Look, 'Melo, the Knicks aren't even willing to drop max money on you, and we are.
"Furthermore, the Knicks can't make you any guarantees about who will be playing alongside you a year from now, when they can finally go free agent shopping. In the meantime, you have to sit and wait and hope for the best while enduring another so-so season. We, on the other hand, can assure you that you'll be playing alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard immediately. So do you want to compete now? Or do you want wait another year and hope for the best from a team that is trying to make you take less than what you're worth?"
More on the 'Melo-Jackson, dynamic plus a look at several playoff series, in this interview with Xtra Sports 1360 in San Diego.
Phil Jackson can run the New York Knicks if he wants to. That is the word on the street this morning, although he will NOT become their next head coach. For insight into the reasons why, check out this column from Charley Rosen.
But if he accepts the job, he is going to have his work cutout for him. Although the Knicks have won three straight games and are still in contention for a playoff spot in the East, they still qualify as the most disappointing team in the entire NBA for the 2013-14 season.
And moving forward, the cupboard is bare. The Knicks have traded away their first-round draft picks in 2014 and 2016, along with all of their second-round picks from 2014-17. If Jackson is going to come aboard and make changes, his fist order of business will be to keep one thing the same -- convincing Carmelo Anthony to remain in New York after he opts out of the final year of his contract.
RELATED: New York Knicks salary cap analysis
If New York is going to make a splash in free agency, it won't happen for more than a year. That's when the contracts of Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani come off the cap.
But a hiring of Jackson could tip the balance in New York's favor this summer when Anthony will be courted by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. More on the Jackson possibility in this podcast with Jody MacDonald of CBSSportsRadio.
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