Hello Melo And Other Moments From Media Day
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
Thunder Media Day tends to take up a lot of time and space and story lines. This year it was overflowing on all counts.
First we may have misjudged Carmelo Anthony, turns out he may not be a seeker of bright lights and big cities, at least not anymore.
The first question he was asked was about the assumption most everyone had...that the 10-time All-Star wouldn't want to play in a place like OKC, right smack in the middle of "fly-over" country. But before Berry Tramel could even finish setting up his question Anthony had an answer for him.
"That's because nobody really knew me."
He ended up sounding like someone who could be VERY happy in this neck of the woods and had in fact been thinking about it for a while as his friendship with Russell Westbrook grew.
Second Westbrook says he still loves Oklahoma City, "this is a place I want to be," he said Monday afternoon. "I love being here."
So why hasn't he signed that long term extension?
Well he said he's been busy with family, especially that brand new baby boy.
"You know having a new son can be a little difficult, you know what I mean?"
But now that training camp has arrived and Westbrook can focus in on basketball he may decide to pick up a pen and sign his name.
And third the Thunder's new Big 3 (Westbrook, Anthony and Paul George) could end up being a Big 4.
"It would be great to get D-Wade," George said when asked about the All-Star shooting guard bought out over the weekend by Chicago. "I got a chance to work out with him a little bit ago late in the summer, and, man, he looks really good. So, it would be great to get D-Wade here."
Wade is being pursued by at least three other teams, the Cavaliers, Spurs and Heat. It could come down to which of his close buddies Wade would prefer, Lebron James or Anthony and Melo is already recruiting Wade.
When asked about the possibility of convincing his friend to join him Melo said "I'd love to have him here in Oklahoma City," then he looked right into a TV camera lens as if he was looking Wade right in his eyes and said "D...c'mon...c'mon D, you know you belong here."