And that included All-Pro center Dwight Howard making his own pitch to the seven-time All-Star, who is expected to pick between the Bulls, Rockets, Knicks and Mavericks sometime in the next two weeks.
After Howard gave his portion of the speech - the Rockets reportedly met with Anthony for six hours, including lunch - he spoke with reporters outside the team's complex about how the meeting went and what he expects from Anthony. Howard is perhaps one of the better players to talk about what Anthony is going through, considering Howard was a free agent a year ago and left $30 million from the Lakers on the table to join James Harden in Houston.
"Whatever he decides is going to be the right decision, so regardless of what happens he's a great person. He'll be a great guy for our team and at the end of the day we all want to win a championship," Howard said. "That's why I came here, that's our goal to win championships and he would be a big part of it."
Howard said that Anthony, 30, is at the same point in his career that Howard, 28, is, where individual accolades take a backseat to chasing that elusive championship ring.
"Me being one of the leaders of this team, whatever we can do to make our team better I'm all in for it. And I think getting a guy like Carmelo would give us a great opportunity to compete for championships for at least 4-5 years, so we'll see what happens and I'm looking forward to it," Howard said. "And we've all got to do what's best for our team if we're all about winning. And I think Carmelo, James (Harden), myself, we're at the stage in our career where nothing else matters. Forget all the individual accolades, he's won scoring titles, he's been on All-Star teams, there's only one thing he's missing and it's the same thing I'm missing. At this point the only thing I want to do is win."
Only time will tell is Howard's pitch and similar situation did enough to persuade Anthony to team up and create a new Big Three in the West.
"It's all about him," he said. "He deserves this moment and I want him to do what's best for him, not anybody else. At the end of the day it's a big moment for him."
-- Mark Strotman, CSN Chicago
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