Now that Auburn is the college football “champion” we can now fully focus on the NFL playoffs and the NBA regular season. The latest buzz in the NBA surrounds Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, number one on my list of top NBA players. The latest rumors have him going to the New Jersey Nets, soon to be the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have started and stopped talks with several teams but recent news has the Detroit Pistons as a potential third team to complete the trade. As Lee Corso says, “not so fast my friends.” The Nuggets want to add Al Harrington‘s terrible contract into the mix to free up some cap space and it doesn’t look like any team wants that included in the deal unless a fourth team is added into the mix. ESPN yesterday claimed that the deal was close to being done, and now says there may not be a deal. (Good news for us Knicks fans)
If Carmelo gets traded that’s life and I along with other Knicks fans will be upset, but I think the most upset out of all of this will be Carmelo Anthony. Right now he is in Denver with an aging point guard in Chauncey Billups, and eighteen other shooting guards that don’t play defense, and the farthest Melo has gotten with that roster is the conference championship. If the trade to New Jersey gets done Melo will once again have 18 shooting guards around him, an aging point guard, and a soft center in the middle in Brooke Lopez. Only now instead of playing in a nice city in Denver, Carmelo will have to go to Newark, New Jersey every night for home games for a year — when the Nets move to Brooklyn Melo will be able to return to where he was born. I’m not sure if Melo has any say on whether or not he wants to be traded to just anyone but hopefully he recognizes his situation now and realizes he will be put in the same situation in New Jersey, plus New Jersey will be losing their first round draft picks to Denver if the trade happens. As Knicks fans lets hope the four year, twenty-eight million dollar contract of underachiever Al Harrington is the reason Melo comes to New York and not to Newark/Brooklyn.
Mike Tirico: “OHH WOWW”