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Bulls could be solution for self-centered Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony would have strong player support championship opportunities as Bull but would be expected abandhis me-first ways. | Danny

Carmelo Anthony would have strong player support and championship opportunities as a Bull but would be expected to abandon his me-first ways. | Danny Moloshok/AP

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Updated: January 2, 2014 6:25AM



New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has yet to take any definitive responsibility — with his comments or his actions — for his team’s horrific start. And is anyone really surprised?

He held the Denver Nuggets hostage until they traded him — a move that made the Nuggets better — and since arriving in New York in 2011, he has demanded that Nuggets castoffs J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin be at his side.

Anthony is another example of a talented player who wants elite money and status to the point where a team can’t afford to put the right pieces around him. He’ll have a chance to opt out this summer, leaving the Knicks in luxury-tax hell and without a first-round pick — basically in NBA ruin.

If the talented forward were smart, his next move would be very simple: Pick up the phone at the end of the season and call Bulls general manager Gar Forman.

There would be salary, there would be talent around him, and most important, there would be a coach in Tom Thibodeau who would demand that Anthony start playing winning team basketball on both ends of the court.

If Anthony is serious about chasing a ring, it starts with sacrificing some ego.

Best guess, though, is that he chooses the Los Angeles Lakers and underachieving playoff runs.

Player of the week

John Wall, Washington Wizards guard. It has taken a few years for the No. 1 overall pick of 2010 to start living up to the hype, but Wall is emerging as the premier point guard in the Eastern Conference. He had three straight games of 30-plus points and the Wizards won three straight before a loss Friday at Indiana.

Team of the week

Oklahoma City Thunder. Guess who woke up? Picked to challenge in the Western Conference at the start of the season, the Thunder is enjoying a six-game winning streak which included wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs.

The big five

1. Pacers. 2. Miami Heat. 3.  Spurs. 4. Thunder. 5. Portland Trail Blazers.

Awful for Andrew

The three teams bad enough to start tanking in hopes of drafting Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins: 1. Utah Jazz. 2.  Milwaukee Bucks. 3.  Sacramento Kings.

Big number

39 Points by which the Clippers beat the Bulls last Sunday, the largest margin in the NBA this season.

Two to watch

Pacers at Clippers, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Defense travels. The Pacers will find out how far.

Pacers at Spurs, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A preview of the NBA Finals? Very well could be. Best in the East vs. best in the West.

Email: jcowley@suntimes.com



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