When asking where the Bulls will find more offense, a popular answer is Carmelo Anthony.
His future will be decided in July, but there were a couple of Anthony-related news items the past two days.
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First, newly hired New York Knicks president Phil Jackson mentioned to reporters that he hopes Anthony lives up to his words. Anthony said recently winning means more than money at this point in his career. Clearly, Jackson and the Knicks are not anxious to max out Anthony's next contract, which could be worth $130 million total and nearly $30 million in its final season.
"You've got to have people making sacrifices, financially, so we hope Carmelo is true to his word and will understand what it's going to take," Jackson told reporters in New York. "And we'll present that to him at that time."
If the Knicks are not offering the max, then the Bulls could be competitive with their offer this summer. This could go plenty of different ways, but the Bulls should be able to start at around $16 million per season while hanging on to Taj Gibson.
Meanwhile, NBA legend Oscar Robertson talked about Anthony's future with Knicks superfan Spike Lee on Sirius XM Radio.
"I would leave today," Robertson said of Anthony, according to cbssports.com. "Let me tell you why. Wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. No matter what he does in New York, they're going to criticize him -- the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on that team that cannot play."
More fodder for the Bulls? Maybe not.
"If he goes to Houston, they're gonna win everything," Robertson added. "LeBron's got a great game and the kid down at Oklahoma, (Kevin) Durant's got a great game. They can't outshoot Carmelo."
Agent Zero checks in:
Former Wizards star Gilbert Arenas hopped on the radio in Washington on Thursday and talked about the Bulls-Wizards series.
"I feel this was one of those teams that we were going to beat up on, because in a seven-game series, you have to actually put that ball in the basket, and they just don't have enough firepower to outscore us," said Arenas, who hasn't played for the Wizards since 2010.
Arenas did lead Washington past the Bulls in the 2005 playoffs, the franchise's only playoff series win since 1982. Arenas also promised to try an NBA comeback soon, but for now, his mind was on the Bulls.
"If you know basketball, then you know the Bulls can't score," he said.
Road teams excel:
In the first two games of the opening round, road teams post a 9-7 record. This is the first time since the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams that the lower seeds have produced a winning record after two games.
Two teams, the Bulls and Houston, have lost twice at home, while Miami was the only home team to go up 2-0.
Last year, home teams went a collective 14-2 in the first two games of the first round. One of those road victories was by the Bulls at Brooklyn.
Wiz plan tri-color display:
The Wizards are planning patriotic color coordination for Game 3. The team is distributing red shirts to fans on the lower level, white in the middle and blue in the upper deck.
At the end of Game 2, John Wall sent a message to Wizards fans in an interview with Comcast Sports Net.
"Come out and show us some support," he said. "We're serious right now."
It can be done:
Three teams in NBA history have come back to win a seven-game series after losing the first two games at home.
The 1969 Los Angeles Lakers beat San Francisco four straight after dropping the first two games. The 1994 Houston Rockets rallied to beat Phoenix and the 2005 Dallas Mavericks turned the tables on Houston.
Noah reportedly sues:
It was telling early this season when Joakim Noah was wearing Adidas shoes and not the Le Coq Sportif, which he used to endorse.
Now TMZ is reporting that Noah and the French company sued each other in November, although the site also said both sides dropped their cases last month.
In the suit, Noah blamed the shoes for his recurring plantar fasciitis problems and claimed the company owed him $1.65 million, according to TMZ. Noah's deal was reportedly worth $6 million over six years when it was signed in 2007.
It would be tough to prove that the shoes helped cause Noah's foot problems, but the plantar fasciitis has not returned this season.