Dec. 21, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts on the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Bulls won 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Carmelo Anthony asked what it’s like playing for Thibodeau

With the NBA season winding down, the Carmelo Anthony saga will be starting before we know it. Anthony is not expected to pick up his player option for next year, which means he will be able to hit the free agent market and look at finding a new home away from the New York Knicks.

One of the teams that Anthony is most commonly linked to is the Chicago Bulls, and he has recently begun asking what it is like to play with the team’s head coach Tom Thibodeau.

From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Carmelo Anthony recently approached a former Chicago Bulls player and asked a loaded question that should make Phil Jackson a little nervous.

“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said.

Anthony’s interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA’s top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball’s coaching staff last June.

Of course, Anthony’s impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be.

As Isola stated, Anthony and Thibodeau will work together with the USA basketball program, so if they click from the start and can build a solid relationship, the Bulls will be the clear-cut favorite to land Anthony in the offseason.

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens next with Anthony, but Bulls fans have to have a little bit of excitement.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls NBA New York Knicks Tom Thibodeau

  • Leroy Boyd

    So Melo wants to know just ask Noah, Gibson his home boys.

  • J Taylor

    I’d guess that Melo wants to go to Houston but ends up in Chicago. Phil Jackson is a big guy in NYC and I’m not sure that Melo is willing to adjust his game to follow the Zen Master AND endure the risk of a team strapped for cash trying to rebuild on the fly and install a new system.

    - Houston: Harden, Howard, Melo…. An exciting “big 3″ and a fun team to be on. BUT, sketchy dealings in the past and cap issues will prevent Houston from being a player. I doubt any exec will “help” build a Big-3 and help them remove the mega contracts (Asik, Lin) they acquired through less than noble methods (aka poison pill).

    - Chicago: Rose, Joakim, Melo. – Given the current state of the East, this trio would be odds favorite to win the conference even before the season starts.

    - NYC: While Phil talks the game, I’m not sure he’d be heartbroken to let Melo leave AND reap the benefit of a greatly sped up rebound and whatever trade nuggets he can acquire in the process (sign and trade). AND, if Dolan did this move he’d be hung in effigy, but if Phil does this move it’s applauded.