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NBA players have STILL not learned that they can’t call refs or fans “fags.” And I’m not sure they ever will. (And yes, I’m actually using the word fag. I don’t censor. I think it’s important to use the words we’re talking about. I’ve done it before and I will continue to do it.)

This latest incident came to light when deadspin.com published tweets allegedly from Amare Stoudemire to a fan where he drops an F-Bomb on the fan.

Reportedly, the NBA is looking into this matter and I fully expect Amare to be fined just like Kobe Bryant and Jokim Noah were when they used the same slur.

I know a lot of people out there don’t think it’s a big deal for someone to use the word fag in a derogatory fashion. But it is a big deal. The NBA has a whole campaign that is against using homophobic slurs. And if it’s a big deal to the NBA you better believe David Stern is going to make sure it’s a big deal to the players.

So how did all this start?

Apparently the Knicks fan was trolling Amare and sent him this tweet; “you better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season mannnnnn deadasss!!!” Now when it comes to nasty tweets sent to pro athletes, that’s pretty tame. Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Blake and his family got death threats after he missed a game winning shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in this year’s playoffs. Now that’s harsh.

So, it’s surprising to me that Amare would respond the way he did. I’m sure he received worse tweets when he put his hand through a piece of glass and sliced his hand open during the series versus the Miami Heat.

Maybe he was just having a bad day. Who knows? But he, and all other players, have to know that the NBA will not tolerate this kind of language.

To his credit, Amare did apologize. But it may be too little, too late. It’s going to be interesting to see how the league responds.

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.

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.