Carmelo Anthony insists he has no regrets about not joining the Chicago Bulls as a free agent last summer.
Anthony admits his decision came down to the Bulls and the New York Knicks, whom he settled on resigning with for five years and $124 million, at least some $30 million more than Chicago could have offered him.
The two teams square off in Chicago Thursday night for the first time since that summer showdown as two teams clearly headed in opposite directions. Still, Anthony insists he has no regrets about not joining the Bulls.
“If I start doing that and saying what if to myself and second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right,” Anthony told ESPN. “For me, mentally it won’t be right, so I will not allow myself to sway toward asking myself what if with this situation or that situation.”
Anthony also drew heavy interest from the Lakers, Rockets and Mavs, but in a recent MSG Network documentary he admits it was all about the Knicks and Bulls. In Chicago, Anthony could have teamed with veteran coach Tom Thibodeau and All-Stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
With the Knicks getting off to a 5-22 start while the Bulls are hovering around the top of the Eastern Conference standings, Anthony told reporters on Wednesday “what’s done is done. I kinda don’t look at it. I kinda don’t think about it anymore. That’s in the past for me.”
The Bulls blasted the Knicks on their home floor earlier this year 107-87. Losers of their 12 of their last 13, things don’t figure to be any easier for the Knicks on the road this time around.
Still, Anthony insists he has no regrets about not joining the Bulls.
“You just gotta believe. You gotta believe,” he said. “I have never been a quitter in my life or in my career.”[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]