The Melo Trade – Reloaded

Posted: March 16, 2011 in NBA, Uncategorized
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I made the case earlier that when the  New York Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets they were not going to win a championship. And that simple statement caused all kinds of hell to break loose.

I went through a lot just to get that article published. The guys at Global Grind (where I have published many articles)were hesitant to put it up on their site. They said that Carmelo was a “friend of the site” and thought the peice was too harsh on him. After two days they lsaid they would publish it and iterally dumped it in the middle of the night. 2 am to be exact.

And then there were the New York fans themselves. I caught so much flack from them it was unbelievable. I was called a “hater” a “know-nothing” and a “shill for the Lakers.” (That last one is only partly true, by the way.) And now that the Knicks are a mere 6-6 since Melo arrived and the Nuggets are 9-2, Knicks fans are starting to bitch like only they can.

Normally, I hate to say “I told you so” but to Knicks fans I will gladly say it: I told you so!

It’s not that I think Carmelo is a bad player. I think he is a very good player. He’s just not a Championship Caliber player. He will make your team better but he is not the savior many New York fans thought he would be. So now all the “longtime” New York fans are wondering if this team will do anything in the playoffs. This is, of course, providing they even make the playoffs. I’m not sure playing .500 ball is going to get you into the playoffs. Even in the Eastern Conference.

Nugget fans, on the other hand, are very happy. Their team is playing great ball. Watching them play, you see the ball moving freely, the scoring is distributed more evenly and the entire team is playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Even head coach George Karl is happy. He has been talking about getting a “clean slate” to work with now that Melo is gone. And I say, good for them. They had to put up with Carmelo’s tantrums for too long. It’s like getting out of a bad relationsip. The breakup can be very messy but you always feel beeter once they are gone.

Incidentally, the New Jersey Nets, who were continually mentioned as a landing spot for Melo, are 5-3 since they acquired Derron Williams instead of Anthony.

So everyone is happy. Except the New York Knicks and their fans. The world is back to normal.

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