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Let me get on my soap box for just a second before I get into the trade. The NBA for years has been about the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. They own half of all championships won in the history of the league. Since 1969-1970 those two teams have combined for 17 championships (LA 11, Boston 6). The other teams who have won multiple rings in that span are Chicago with 6, San Antonio with 4, Detroit 3 and Houston with 2. Milwaukee, Philly, Portland, Golden State, Seattle, Washington and Miami have each won one championship during that period.
To put it further in perspective, eight teams in thirty years have been to the pinnacle.
This is my opinion but the league will expand globally if New York is in position to contend for a NBA championship. That’s all David Stern cares about because revenue will be generated across the world. I asked David Stern a few years back (2007) during a Philly playoff appearance about hopes of organizations rebuilding prominent franchises and he looked me right in the face and said Boston, New York and Philly. Boston obviously has won a championship in that span and now with the trade of Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks are at least poised to enter a period of success the franchise hasn’t seen since Patrick Ewing was pouring sweat on the Madison Square Garden faithful. Philly…is playing well but are not relevant yet because of a true lack of star power.
There is no Doc (Happy Birthday!), Moses, Barkley, Iverson, Toney or Cheeks. So Philly has to take an initiative and become a team people pay to see on the road.
I say this because it seems the perception is the inmates are running the asylum. I hate that characterization when describing anything. Why should a player have to spend the duration of his career with one team with no viable ambition of winning a championship?
Teams do it all the time with NBA trades. Free agency is a part of professional sports locked in existence and honestly, moves of this nature happen behind closed doors in every sport…not just the NBA.
Change the narrative.
Yes, any player in the league would want to play in New York because of the spotlight. So of course multiple reasons exist to force a trade that aren’t strictly championship based, but Carmelo Anthony landing in Gotham City is everything David Stern wanted. Period. It’s not just about Melo, it’s about a player of his stature (major player in a major market) putting fans in seats and a charge in the Garden that will help the NBA make money.
The Garden will again be rocking…especially when the NBA elite visit New York City.
Denver, like Cleveland, is now breeding a new brand of cricket in the Pepsi Center.
During his time in Denver, Carmelo led the Nuggets to 7 playoff appearances…notably one Western Conference Final. He should be remembered as a Nuggets all time great but I’m sure folks in Denver will be soured despite what he meant to the franchise. I’m sure the opinion of native son Chauncey Billups will be different.
New York had to make this trade no matter the parts because windows for these types of transactions are not open often. Yes, the Knicks gave up a lot (I don’t think so) in the minds of many pundits, but if they didn’t get him, the Nets would have or he would have re-signed with Denver. Point guard Chauncey Billups, even at 34, gives the Knicks a big shot maker on the biggest stage in the world. He’s better than Felton right now. Center Ronny Turiaf and guard Landy Fields round out the new starting five.
New York will be Phoenix east. They will play absolutely no defense but will be as entertaining a team the league has to offer.
Is New York a championship contender simply because of this blockbuster? No, but with Chauncey Billups’ 14 million dollar expiring contract, the Knicks can lure the likes of Chris Paul and Deron Williams to MSG as early as 2012.
Carmelo Anthony is a superstar. He’ll be the main guy in New York with Amar’e Stoudemire now in support. Those two players will score 50 combined a night and Billups will thrive in this offense. Yes the Knicks will be thin but New York will be Eastern Conference top six when it’s said and done and could challenge for a second round playoff appearance. They will be dangerous.
Melo wanted to make sure he got that say 65 million before the new CBA kicks in (if there is no lockout) where owners are hell bent on cutting 800-900 million from player salaries.
Can you blame him?
I think the NBA should think of implementing a NFL like revenue sharing plan in the future so small market teams can benefit. Pundits are speaking of a franchise tag to keep stars on teams longer, but I don’t see the union going for that anytime soon.
Stern is probably not happy with players having so much control but in this instance he’s definitely clapping in Manhattan.
Now to the Carmelo Anthony to Manhattan Transfer:
Forward Carmelo Anthony, guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter, center Shelden Williams and forward Renaldo Balkman will go to New York, in exchange for guard Raymond Felton, forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, center Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 1st round pick in 2014 and 2nd round picks in 2012 and 2013 originally acquired from Golden State, along with $3 million in cash. The Knicks also trade center Eddy Curry’s expiring contract, 3 million and forward Anthony Randolph to Minnesota Timberwolves for small forward Corey Brewer.