Posts Tagged ‘Carmelo Anthony’

Jordan-Crawford-x-Carmelo-AnthonyCeltics player Jordan Crawford found himself in the middle of a controversy when he allegedly told Carmelo Anthony, “That motherfucker fucked your wife,” and the end of last night’s playoff game. I say “allegedly” only because to video of him mouthing off to Anthony after the Celtics’ 92-86 victory leaves a little ambiguity. Not much, but a little.

Anthony’s wife, La La Anthony, has chimed in on Instagram, saying, “Try again. You on the bench for a reason.” Presumably, this was directed towards Crawford. Deadspin.com has a nice report you should check out, with the video.

To his credit, Crawford has stuck to his story. He even tweeted out this earlier today:

See? He would never do something like that. Even though he was caught on camera doing just that.

It remains to be seen if this verbal scrum will be a distraction to Anthony and the Knicks and negatively impact their game or if it will energize them and help them close out Boston in Game 6. Given Carmelo Anthony’s history, I’d it can go either way.

It was only a matter of time. Everyone saw it coming. There was no way the Carmelo Anthony and Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni could coexist. One of them had to go.

As it turned out, D’Antoni was the one to go.

The first reports were that D’Antoni had resigned. Then reports surfaced the he was fired because Melo wanted him gone. Then it was reported that it was a “mutual decision.” Whatever the case, it is pretty clear that Melo had something to do with it. It has been no secret that the Knicks star and D’Antoni have clashed. The writing was on the wall.

The only reason D’Antoni lasted this long was because of Jeremy Lin. With Carmelo out with an injury, it was Linsanity in New York as Lin lead the Knicks to a six game winning streak. Everyone was talking about how perfectly Lin fit into D’Antoni’s system. There was even talk about how this Knicks team could challenge the Miami Heat for the East crown. Everybody was happy in New York.

But deep down, people were worried. “What’s going to happen when Melo comes back?” was the question on everybody’s lips. We all saw what happened. Carmelo Anthony killed Linsanity. The Knicks are in the midst of a six game losing streak and have lost 8 of their last 10.

Mike Woodson will replace D’Antoni and that should keep Melo happy because Woodson runs a lot of iso-possessions. This, of course, will certainly spell the end of LInsanity. Jeremy Lin’s touches will certainly be reduced and if he isn’t handling the ball how is he going to create for the rest of the team?

Calmelo Anthony hasn’t just ended Mike D’Antoni’s career with the Knicks, ruined Linsanity, but he may have ended the team’s chances for the playoffs.

I just can’t stop talking about Carmelo Anthony!!

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.

UPDATE: 02-23-11 – As of this evening GlobalGrind.com has refused to publish this article. This is an article that THEY ASKED ME TO WRITE. Their official reason is that the article may be too critical of Carmelo Anthony and he is a “friend of the site.” They do not want to upset him. I have a phone call scheduled tomorrow morning with the president of Global Grind to try to work this out. Stay tuned.

America’s long national nightmare is over. Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded to the New York Knicks.

We can now all get back to our lives.

I have to say I was pretty shocked at all the attention that has been paid to this particular trade. This trade seemed to go on longer than the Summer of LeBron last year.

During the final hour of this drama I was Tweeting like crazy (some of it was because of the trade and some of it was because I survived the Great Uber Outage of 2011 and finally got the new version of UberSocial on my BlackBerry). Looking back on those Tweets I realize they raised all the questions that needed answering regarding this “mega trade.”

These are my running Tweets (in bold) with commentary.

“If Melo could help a team win a championship the Lakers would have shipped out Bynum two months ago.” Everyone knows the Lakers are desperately trying to ThreePeat this year. Everyone except for the Lakers players, who are not playing with any sense of urgency at all. But that’s another story. For a couple of days there were heavy rumors going around that the Lakers were in the running for Melo and were thinking of trading Andrew Bynum to the Nuggets. If Carmelo was the missing piece to the Lakers championship dreams they would have spared no expense to get him. Here is an interesting stat for all of you Knick fans; The Denver Nuggets have won exactly TWO playoff series the whole time Melo has been there. Do you really think he is the missing piece to a Knicks Championship? Really?

“Congrats Knick fans! U now have The (sort of) Big Two!” In the era of The Big Three, the Knicks now have TWO “superstars.” I put superstars in quotes because I’m still not sold on Amare Stoudemire as a bona fide Superstar like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant or even a Tim Duncan. Now, some of you may argue that Chauncey Billups is the third member of the Knicks’ Big Three. That may have been true five years ago but Billups is now approximately 107 years old in NBA years.

“The Nuggets GM should be wearing a ski mask cuz he straight robbed the Knicks!” This may have been a little bit of hyperbole but at first glance it seems like the Knicks gave up way too much. Here are the particulars of the trade: the Nuggets get Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, a first round draft pick, two second round picks and $3 million in cash. The Knicks get Melo, Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. I want you to look at that and tell me it doesn’t seem one sided to you.

“Seriously, though, it IS important to the NBA that the Knicks be relevant again. Plus NY fans are so lovable.” This really is important. David Stern and the NBA have been desperate to have basketball be important in New York again. When was the last time anyone was talking about the Knicks? Exactly.

“Does the Melo trade REALLY change the complexion of the Eastern Conference? Hmmmmmmm. . .” This is also a very important question to answer. Because while Melo definitely makes the Knicks a better team, he doesn’t make them a contender. Are these Knicks going to beat the Boston Celtics in a seven game series? Of course not. Can the beat the Miami Heat? No way. How about the Orlando Magic? Probably not. The Chicago Bulls? I doubt it. It would be a good series, though. So this trade makes the Knicks arguably the fifth best team in the Eastern Conference. I know some of you will say, “Hey, we could still get Chris Paul next year.” True. But that’s next year.

My advice to all you Knick fans is to just enjoy your team this year, expect a first round exit from the playoffs and hope to get a legitimate third member for your Big Three next year. Then we can talk.