Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/1/13
Everything always looks better from the top. Joel Anthony is living it up and isn't thinking about coming down in the near future. After winning consecutive rings with the Miami Heat the Canadian paints his future in his own way. Why come down if everything looks so beautiful from the top? Anthony rejects the notion of a future away from the team that believed in him and introduced him to the NBA. He believes in a roster that brought two championships to a city where at the same time he breathes easily one he has spent six years living in. Because of that Team Canada's most experienced player has made one thing quite clear: He hopes to retire with the Heat. "Of course I want to retire with Miami" the center pointed out after opening the FIBA Americas 2013 Championship with a win over Jamaica. "It's the team that gave me the opportunity the team that I've played my six years on in the NBA and there's no reason for me to leave." His loyalty to the Magic City goes far beyond his personal interest. Pragmatism reigns within a soft-spoken big man although clouds darken a reality that could end up becoming a storm. Although it's been less than three months since Miami won the title the season wasn't a path filled with roses for Anthony. Accustomed to averaging almost 18 minutes a game in the previous five seasons he saw his participation reduced considerably. During the regular season Anthony was on the hardwood for an average of 9.1 minutes per game and during the playoffs his numbers were inevitably affected. Anthony averaged 1.4 points 1.9 rebounds and less than a block in 62 games. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra relied more on Chris Bosh Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem at center and the team has added Greg Oden. And in that context it wouldn't be a surprise if Miami tried to move Anthony given he's the fifth highest contract ($3.8 million) on a roster that's over the salary cap. Being part of a championship team is his main goal. "It's not an issue of whether you're going to play or get minutes the most important thing is that we went out to win a championship" Anthony said.
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