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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.

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I absolutely love the signing of Matt Barnes by the Los Angeles Lakers.

I know a lot of people were getting excited by the possibility of the Lakers getting Chris Paul but I tell you, Matt Barnes is better for the Lakers.

The Lakers would have to give up too much to get Chris Paul. Lamar Odom and Steve Blake plus some draft pick would have to be headed to New Orleans in order for CP3 to wear the Purple and Gold. So the Lakers would basically have to decimate their bench to get Paul. Not the best situation. Plus Chris Paul doesn’t really fit in with the Triangle Offense. He needs to create off the dribble and improvise.

With Matt Barnes the Lakers have a bench of Barnes, Odom, Blake and Shannon Brown. Those four could start for any other team in the NBA. Compare that to a bench of Derek Fisher, Brown and Sasha Vujacic. That’s a no brainer in my book. The former is greater than the latter.

And Matt Barnes is a beast on defense. Just think back to The Orlando Magic’s game against the Lakers this season where Barnes went after Kobe Bryant all game. Anyone who can consistently get in the face of the Best Player in the Game has my respect. To quote Ron Artest, “Matt has the heart off a lion on steroids wit extra chest hairs and three testicles screaming “Adrian “!!!!!! And Ron knows something about the heart of a lion and all that other stuff.

Matt Barnes will give fits to the Big Three from both Miami and Boston. He gives the Lakers more toughness and an even better defense. Matt Barnes will be the NBA version of the “enforcer” of the NHL. I can already see LeBron James getting an elbow to the jaw and I approve.

All I can say is,”Welcome home, Matt (he went to UCLA) and start getting fitted for that championship ring!”

You could hear it starting slowly, “New York Knicks, New York Knicks!” LeBron James was at the free throw line near the end of Game 6 and the Boston Celtic fans were letting him have it. “New York Knicks! NEW YORK KNICKS!!”

Everyone seems to think that LeBron is going to the Knicks. Even the Cleveland fans think that. And after the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85 to end LeBron’s season and perhaps his career in Cleveland, everyone in world seems to think the same thing.

I don’t think so.

LeBron-to-the-Knicks talk seems to hinge on another superstar free agent coming along with him. Either Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh. Or Both. There are too many moving parts that need to come together for this to happen.

Why would he leave a pretty good Cleveland team and go to a total rebuilding project? That doesn’t make sense.

The move that makes more sense and is infinitely more entertaining is LeBron to Los Angeles. No, not the Lakers. . .the CLIPPERS!!

That’s right, I said it.

Hear me out on this one.

The Clippers have all the cap room they need to sign LeBron. They have an opening at the head coach position to bring in any one of LeBron’s choosing. They can even make a run at Phil Jackson if that’s what LeBron wants.  And they already have a better team than the Knicks.

Think about this starting lineup; Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman and LeBron James. Go ahead, ponder that for a bit. Davis would actually be interested in playing basketball again. Griffin would have less pressure on him and probably stay healthy for the whole season, Kaman would continue to be an All-Star and Eric Gordon could continue to be Eric Gordon. You have to admit, on paper, that’s a pretty good team. It may not be a championship caliber team but neither are the Knicks.

And L.A. has better weather than New York.

Think about all the things LeBron could do in Hollywood; cameos on “Two and a Half Men,” stopping by the “Tonight Show” just to say hi or even remaking “Kazaam.” Hollywood makes more sense for LeBron, Inc. than Manhattan.

Clipper games would then become a place for Hollywood stars to be seen. And if they played it right the Clippers could get all of Young Hollywood to attend. Forget about Jack and Denzel. The Clips would get Leo and Toby, Paris and Lindsey, even that guy from the vampire movies. LeBron would be THE star in a town full of stars.

And now for the real drama. Think about LeBron AND Kobe in the same city. Hell, they would be in the same arena! They would play each other four times a year instead of two. Can you see LeBron pushing Kobe to be better, Kobe daring LeBron to take his Number 1 spot? It’s a season long soap opera. David Stern must make sure this happens.

Of course all this depends on Clippers owner Donald Sterling to stop being Donald Sterling.

Yes, Sterling the worst owner in all of professional sports. Sure, he would rather trade a star player rather than pay him what he’s worth. We all know he’s a cheapskate. However, I think he’s tired of playing second fiddle to Dr. Jerry Buss and the Lakers. This could be the one chance for him to be the Big Man on Campus. This is his one chance to garner all the headlines. This is the one time that he will release the vise grip on his checkbook and pay LeBron whatever he wants.

Sure, all this is a long shot, but L.A. is a city full of long shots. Hundreds of kids show up every day with hopes of becoming a superstar. Besides, you know what they say about Los Angeles: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

I was not planning on writing about Game 5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Boston Celtics series. But since the Western Conference Finals do not start for approximately 23 days, I was forced to write about something. So Game 5 was it.

LeBron James and the Cavs gift wrapped this column for me. Thank you.

The Celtics handed the Cavs their worst playoff defeat in team history.  It was a 120-88 beat down that was not as close as the score would make it seem. And LeBron reverted back to his “LeBrick” alter ego. He looked so uninterested during this game it was scary. The way he was just standing around watching the game was so odd. I’m not sure if it was the elbow that was bothering him or he had a cold or maybe he was drunk. I don’t know, but they better come up with a reason today. Because it looked like he just gave up.

The post game press conference didn’t help either. LeBron seemed less interested in that thane he did the game. He said how he has “spoiled” the fans with his play and has had only “three bad games in seven years.” I’m telling you, this guy just doesn’t get it.

First of all, three bad games in seven years is a ridiculous statement. He’s had three bad games in this series! So let’s get rid of that. Second, it’s one thing to have a bad game; everyone does. But it’s entirely different to have a horrible game at home, in the playoffs, after you just won the MVP, and your team has the best record in the NBA.

To be fair, the series is not over. The Cavs still have to lose another game. And a lot of credit has to be given to the Boston Celtics. They have turned out to be a better team than a lot of people thought they would be. Myself included. So now they head back to Boston for Game 6 and the Cavs are in a must win situation.

LeBron has another chance to step up and be the superstar that everyone wants him to be. And he’s going to have to have a great game to beat the Celtics at home. But I just don’t see it happening. The Celtics know how to close teams out. Here’s an interesting fact: The Cavaliers have never won a series when they have been down 3-2.

The best part of this game is all the speculation that this may have been LeBron’s last home game as a Cavalier. So of course I’m going to jump right on that bandwagon.

Every New York Knick fan must be celebrating like they just won the championship. But I can’t see LeBron going there. He’s got a better team in Cleveland right now. If he goes to New York you know he is not serious about winning a title. If he goes to New York it’s going to be all about LeBron, Inc., scoring titles, MVP awards and Jay Z videos. And that’s another thing; It doesn’t seem like LeBron has that killer instinct that Michael Jordan had or that Kobe Bryant has. And I’m not sure that is something he can learn to have.

He should stay in Cleveland, in my opinion. If there was ever a player who was born to play in Cleveland its LeBron James. Plus, there’s no way he can go out like THAT! He needs a chance at redemption.

Whether he stays or goes one thing is for certain; LeBron is going to have to do a lot to make everyone forget about his performance last night.