Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Carmelo Anthony (Photo credit: nydailynews.com) As New York Knicks fans probably know by now, the word on the street is that The Los Angeles Lakers are in pursuit of not just one, but possibly two NBA superstars: Carmelo Anthony and MVP Lebron James of the Miami Heat. Carmelo has an early termination option after this season, but it seems as though he is on the fence when it comes to choosing between the Lakers and the Knicks. Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said it’s “premature” to discuss the Knicks star’s decision for free agency. “We see it being a long term successful partnership with him as we go forward,” Grunwald said in a conference call. “But right now it’s just to early to say anything other than we’re looking forward to this upcoming season.” The Knicks have a strapped salary cap and it’s likely that Carmelo is not staying in New York. So what does this mean for the Knicks franchise if their beloved small forward decides to give them the deuces and join the Lakers next year? Not good things. It doesn’t take a sports fanatic to understand that Carmelo is the face of the Knicks and if he were to part ways with the team it would really bruise the franchise and their chances of an NBA title. But on the other hand, how likely is it for The Lakers to afford both Carmelo and Lebron James (two big stars) in addition to maintaining their own star Kobe Bryant and not face issues with their salary cap? Both leaugue sources Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst spoke to ESPN and gave their opinions on the matter. According to NJ.com, “Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or or Anthony, with one source calling it “realistic” and another saying it was far fetched at this point. Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the super stars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contract past this upcoming season, multiple sources have said.” Whether The Lakers can land at least one star on their team, how realistic is it to have which ever star they may choose to share the throne with “King Kobe” on the court? Lets face it, Kobe Bryant is an ecotigotistical player, who seems to want to be the only shining star on his team, as he seems to portray this on the court time and time again. And let’s not forget what occurred between Kobe and Dwight Howard and part of the reason why Howard left the Lakers in the first place. Lets not also forget the controversy between Kobe and Shaq a few years ago. Even Kobe’s teammate, Steve Nash tells ESPN 710 that he didn’t think Howard was comfortable with the team. “Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didnt want to be here,” Nash said to ESPN Radio. “And if he didnt want to be here, there no point for anyone in him being here. So we wish him the best and move on. While both Kobe and Carmelo played together on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball team, both dominating the court, having the two stars on the same NBA team is probably unrealistic. In order for The Knicks’ star to play on the same team with Kobe, the Lakers would have to be forced to rearrange their game plan, but it’s unlikely that will happen. According to an article from the Bleacher Report, “Look at how the Melo/Amar’e dynamic worked on the Knicks; it only improved when Stoudemire took a back seat and knowledges it was Anthony’s team. Is that something the Black Mamba would do, even in the later years of his career?” I think we all know the answer to that question.
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Teammates Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch tussle after race

Report: Dez Bryant expected to play in Week 8

Jay Cutler cleared to return from thumb injury

Report: Geno Smith likely suffered torn ACL

Report: 49ers willing to trade LT Joe Staley


Report: Rockets management worked to cut Howard’s minutes

WATCH: Cardinals, Seahawks trade missed chip shot OT field goals in worst game ever

Gronk giggles like a school boy thinking of 69th career touchdown

WATCH: Stafford connects with Boldin for game-winning TD

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Benching from Jets inspired me

Geno Smith leaves game with apparent knee injury

Week 8 in college football as explained by Elton John

Three reasons why the Cleveland Indians could win (or lose) the World Series

Good, bad, and ugly from Week 7

What's wrong with Man U?

Can Oilers' amazing start last?

WATCH: MLS player got a yellow card for twerking

Rock Band Rivals review: Score hunting

The NBA vets we're going to miss in 2016-2017 season

Tyrann Mathieu irritated over lack of offense for Cardinals

Four-star recruit on Notre Dame: Talking to Kelly ‘wasn’t fun’

Five best hockey fights from Week 2 in the NHL

Who and what is hot and cold to start the NHL season?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Week 8 in college football as explained by Elton John

Three reasons why the Indians could win (or lose) the World Series

Good, bad, and ugly from Week 7

Rock Band Rivals review: Score hunting

The NBA vets we're going to miss in 2016-2017 season

Who and what is hot and cold to start the NHL season?

With Game 6 looming, Kershaw is not defined by inaccurate image

Best games to watch in Week 8 of CFB and the rest of the season

Five most interesting NBA players who don’t play for the Warriors or Cavs

Indians go from overlooked to potential World Series favorites

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker