The Round Mound of Rebound isn’t one to hold his tongue and during an appearance on The Starters earlier this week, the former 76ers, Suns and Rockets great stated that it would be a ‘travesty’ if Anthony joined forces with the Heat (though it probably sounded something more like ‘trahaveahstay’).
“If that happens, it’d be a travesty for the game,” Barkley said. “I don’t understand why these guys are afraid to compete against each other. That’s what sports are — a competition. As much Heat hate as I have, it’d only grow. If they get Carmelo, they’d be the overwhelming favorite.”
Of course, Anthony signing with the Heat (while possible with some creative financing) is extremely unlikely even though reports suggested on Saturday that the former Orangeman is looking to leave New York.
But say he did decide to play in South Beach, what would the NBA do about? Certainly they couldn’t do anything to the Heat or Anthony but one would think they’d prefer to avoid the ‘mega-team’ idea in the future and may attempt to implement some type of changes to the CBA, much like they did by no longer allowing players to have early termination clauses in their deals (something James, Wade and Bosh all requested) to hopefully prevent such timed agreements to team up in particular free agency years.