HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The NBA schedule makers didn’t realize what they were doing when they sent the Denver Nuggets to Chicago for tonight’s game at the United Center.
But if thousands of people could daydream the same thing (or person, Carmelo Anthony in this case) simultaneously, it should happen shortly after tip-off this evening.
Anthony’s already been through the drill with the media that showed up for the Nuggets’ shootaround practice this morning.
Quite naturally, they wanted to know what he thinks of the Bulls, the prospect of playing with the Bulls, Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, Lake Michigan winters, the food and shopping found around the city and whether or not he’d mind being neighbors with Oprah (fine, half of that was made up but hopefully you get the point).
“I don’t want to say this in the wrong way and then you all take it … but anybody would love to play with a guy like Derrick Rose,” Anthony said. “A young point guard, young star, get the ball up and down the court. He’s improved his game every year.
Anthony admitted Chicago has a unique aura because of Michael Jordan’s legacy.
“Of course, what MJ [brought] to the city. Just the city itself, being a big city, the fans out here and just the historic value of basketball here,” said Anthony, who described Chicago as a top-three basketball city. “Everybody knows what Chicago basketball’s about.”
On a night when there are only a handful of NBA viewing options, we couldn’t have asked for much better than ‘Melo’s lone trip to Chicago (as a member of the Nuggets).