Mrs. Melo ‘Definitely’ Thinks He’ll Stay In New York


No matter who he is, or what he does, there are two simple words a man must know to guarantee a happy home life. Those words are “yes, dear.”

And those words may kill the dreams of any Bulls fan hoping that Carmelo Anthony will somehow end up in Chicago next season.

While appearing on “Watch What Happens Live” Carmelo Anthony’s wife, La La Anthony, made it clear what she thinks her husband will be doing this summer.

“I definitely think he will stay,” she said. “I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go.

“Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy.”

While I enjoy La La taking a shot at Denver for no real reason, I do think she’d find living in Chicago to be reasonable. That being said, it’s important to remember what helped lead Anthony to New York from Denver in the first place. When he was approaching free agency in 2011 there were a lot of reports that Anthony was considering New York or Los Angeles because that’s where his wife wanted to be.

The former MTV veejay wanted to be in a major market to further her career. Now, I don’t keep up on my former MTV veejays like I should, so I really don’t know what living in New York has done for La La. Maybe she hangs out at the old TRL studios in Times Square thinking about the good old days. It doesn’t matter.

All that matters is she wanted to go to New York three years ago, and I’m not sure what has happened since then that would cause her to want to leave.

As for what’s important to Melo, he says winning a title is his sole motivation these days.

“That’s the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me when it comes to basketball,” he said. “Championship is the only thing that’s on my mind, is the only thing I want to accomplish, I want to achieve, and I’m going to do what I got to do to get that. That’s my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that.”

Which sounds good and all, but the question is whether or not Anthony feels like he’d have that much better of a shot winning with the Bulls than he would with the Knicks. Remember, it’s not as simple as amnestying Carlos Boozer and signing Carmelo Anthony, because the Bulls still wouldn’t have the necessary cap room. In order to get him the Bulls would have to pull off a sign-and-trade that would likely cost them Taj Gibson.

So now Anthony is coming to a Bulls team without Boozer and Gibson and a Derrick Rose coming off two knee surgeries. Is that a situation that sounds all that different than what he has to work with in New York?

And even if the Bulls do present a better chance for Anthony to win a title, are the odds improved enough to offset the $30 million or so he’d be giving up by leaving New York?

Well that will depend on what La La thinks.

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