Carmelo Anthony isn't afraid to be complimentary, even if the subject of his praise works for another team.
According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, 'Melo had some kind things to say about Tom Thibodeau's Chicago Bulls.
Carmelo on the Bulls success despite injuries: "Thibs is a great coach, his system kind of reminds me of a Gregg Popovich's system." (Cont)— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 12, 2014
More Melo: on the Bulls: "You put anybody in that system and it’s going to work. That’s what they’ve been doing."— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 12, 2014
Isola also dropped the following nugget on Melo, who reportedly asked what it was like to play for Thibodeau: "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.
That's an interesting question for Anthony to ask, to say the very least.
The Bulls have seen a number of role players come and go in recent years, managing to find success regardless of who's wearing the uniforms. The success has been all the more impressive when you take into consideration superstar point guard Derrick Rose playing in just 10 games over the course of the last two seasons.
Nevertheless, Anthony's comments also come at an interesting juncture. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported in March that the Bulls may be chief among the teams Anthony looks into during the offseason:
Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said.
Anthony would certainly take Chicago to another level.
With Joakim Noah anchoring the defense and Rose initiating the offense, Anthony could focus on what he does best: putting the ball in the basket. The Bulls would instantly become one of the favorites to challenge the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.
Of course, at the moment, there's no guarantee Anthony is going anywhere. He could very well chose to remain with the New York Knicks now that he has Phil Jackson doing the recruiting. In any event, he'll need to opt out of his contract to explore free agency.
Maybe we needn't read too much into the comments. The Knicks host Chicago on Sunday evening, so this reasons to be a natural enough time to talk about Thibodeau and what's propelled the Bulls to third place in the East this season.
The Knicks cannot help but be a bit envious.