Was Joakim Noah’s Recruiting Pitch to Carmelo Anthony Tampering?

 
 
The Knicks have reason to be happy (albeit it, if just for a moment or two) following an impressive win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Given all of the team's recent struggles, one would think Coach Mike Woodson would simply take solace in the victory, while at the same time, figuring out how his team can build off of that momentum.
 
But instead, Coach Woodson is using this time to voice his concerns (or thoughts) surrounding the reports that Bulls' star center Joakim Noah has been attempting to sell Knicks' star Carmelo Anthony on the thought of playing in Chicago, rather than Los Angeles, or even better yet, New York, instead.
 
If there's anything the players and coaches in New York (still) do relatively well, it's deflect controversy and/or unfavorable topics away in an attempt to shift the media's attention elsewhere. But this time, Coach Woodson proceeded to eat right out of the media's collective hand.
 
In the past, the coach has said he leaves the team-building (in terms of making acquisitions) to the front office. If that were truly the case, however, he shouldn't be worried about potential tampering accusations or charges. Talking about such a topic, especially at this specific point in the year, would only appear to distract the players from what's going on, on the court.
 
Needless to say, this wasn't exactly the right time for Woodson to comment. The topic itself, even, is not something he should specifically be addressing anyway. It only stands to do more bad than good.
 
Ironically enough, however, the coach's line of thinking does not appear to hold much water, anyway. He has no ground to stand on. Back in 2010, our pal Howard Beck spoke with then-commissioner David Stern, who referenced the Heat's "Big Three" when asserting that when players (such as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, in that instance) discuss the idea of potentially teaming up to play with one another, such an interaction should not be considered tampering.
 
Players can talk all they want. In the case of Noah and Anthony, there's (at this time) no proof that Bulls' officials have reached out to the Knicks' star, or that the organization instructed Noah to do so.
 
With that in mind, Coach Woodson appears to be adding fuel to the fire of something that is otherwise a non-issue.
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