Dirk Likes Thought of Carmelo Anthony as a Mavs Teammate

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    TK
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    Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and forward Carmelo Anthony

    With Phil Jackson now on the throne in New York, some surprising news regarding the Knicks. As in, star Carmelo Anthony wants out. Even juicier, Dallas is one of the cities he apparently wants in.

    According to several media reports, Anthony will not re-sign with the Knicks and instead hit the free-agent market this summer. ESPN has reported that among Carmelo’s target teams are the Rockets, Bulls and Mavericks.

    “If he wants to come here, we’d obviously love to have him,” Mavs’ star Dirk Nowitzki said this week on Dallas’ ESPN Radio. “I was actually surprised that the Mavericks are one of the teams he’s considering. Offensively he’s a top three or four player in this league and we’re always looking to get better.”

    Scoring wasn’t a problem for the Mavs last season, but adding Anthony to Nowitzki and Monta Ellis would give them unprecedented offensive firepower in the West.

    Given that the Rockets are probably closer to a title than the Mavs and given Dallas’ history of whiffing on big-fish free agents, Carmelo in a Mavs’ uniform is likely a long-shot at best. But it’s summer. Time to dream. What, you want us to gush over the Spurs some more?

    Said Nowitzki, “If he’s willing to come here, I think Mark (Cuban) and Donnie (Nelson) will take a hard look at it.”

    I say bring on Carmelo, baggage, selfishness and all. You can’t beat the Spurs with teamwork or fundamentals. Might as well take a shot at just flat-out outscoring them.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.