Carmelo Anthony to the Miami Heat? Wishful Thinking

A Big Four in Miami? Wishful Thinking
A Big Four in Miami? Wishful Thinking

Carmelo Anthony to the Miami Heat? Wishful thinking.

According to reports, the Miami Heat are exploring options to add the 2012-2013 NBA scoring champion and create as many call it the “Big Four.” If Carmelo goes to the Heat, he will join Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James and probably some other big name star. Miami Heat fans are salivating at the fact that Melo might bring his talent to South Beach but there are a number of reasons why this “Big Four” will not work in Miami.

Can they co-exist in Miami?
Can they co-exist in Miami?

First reason is egos. Carmelo Anthony has an ego. Dwyane Wade has an ego. Chris Bosh and LeBron James have a ego. Usually with this many egos on one team, it doesn’t work. This team has the potential to win 80 games in a season but it doesn’t translate into a NBA title. Also how would coach Eric Spoelstra manage all these egos?

The Original Big Four. The 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers.
The Original Big Four. The 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers. It didn’t end well after that season.

Do you remember the 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers when they created their own “Big Four” in Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal? Now granted Payton and Malone was way past their prime at the time but everyone expected them to win the title that year. Instead, they got steamrolled by the Detroit Pistons in five games in the NBA Finals. The inability of this sad cast of characters to get along and foster teamwork and collegiality instead of backbiting and selfishness led to the breakup of what may be the most talented duo in NBA history Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

The second reason is money. Will Bosh, Wade and James take a pay cut for Carmelo? In order for the Heat to sign Melo, all three of those players will have to take a substantial pay cut. Lebron James is not the highest paid player in the NBA believe it or not. He is currently ranked 9th in the NBA in players salary and is making $19 million per year. Since he helped the Heat win back to back titles (and possibly a third title in three years), a pay raise is in order for the king.

The third and final reason is will the NBA allow this? In the best interest of the NBA, is the NBA going to sit back and allow Melo to go to the Heat? The competitive balance of the NBA will go in favor of the Heat. Can the NBA even make a case that its measures to balance the league have done any good if Anthony goes to the Heat?

Should be a interesting summer in the NBA if this happens. Carmelo Anthony bolting Gotham City for the warm sun of Miami? Sounds too good to be true. We will see on June 23rd.


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