Carmelo Anthony decided to take a five-year deal worth $124 million dollars with the New York Knicks.

Anthony said it was the hardest decision he ever had to make. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago -- and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years."   Anthony  would go

on to say it was not the money, but instead his confidence in team president Phil Jackson and his belief that the New York Knicks "aren't that far away from contending for an NBA title,".

As I first read those quotes just over a week ago I laughed a little bit. This move was 100% about the money. Chicago has the better roster, coach, and future.

Now that the free-agency frenzy has calmed down, all basketball minds should turn their attention to the FIBA World Cup.

Team U.S.A started training camp yesterday for the international tournament. With many big names sitting out this tournament such as: LeBron James, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony. The national team veterans include Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, James Harden, and one Derrick Rose.

Derrick Rose has played only 10 games in the last two NBA seasons following a torn acl, and a torn meniscus. Rose has been on record saying he is out show everybody in the NBA that he hasn't lost a step from when he won the NBA MVP in 2011. You can't help to think that some of Rose's animosity is aimed toward one Carmelo Anthony.

When Anthony took his visit to Chicago, Rose made the effort to run drills to show Anthony that he is 100% healthy and hasn't lost a step. Now that Anthony shunned the 25- year old PG expect Rose to be on a mission to make a statement every time he is up against the Knickerbockers.

Watch Derrick Rose at Team USA's practice yesterday.