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Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:50 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 12:59 am
 
Carmelo Anthony is a New York Knick, and it's clear that he's been the one running the show from the beginning. But is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Posted by Matt Moore

It's over. It's finally over. Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the New York Knicks along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, and Anthony Carter for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Timofey Mozgov, along with the Knicks' 2014 first round pick according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.  

And for Melo? He wins. Beyond everything else, beyond the Nuggets' posturing and threats, beyong New York's cool stance which evaporated into dust, and beyond the desperate attempts by the Nets, including an embarassing crawl back into talks over All-Star Weekend, Carmelo Anthony won.  He got what he wanted, to go to a major market and play next to a star in Amar'e Stoudemire. He got it how he wanted it, under an extension to provide him with financial security under a max deal. And he got it when he wanted it, before the new CBA could be put in place, improving chances that he'll get to hold on to as much money as possible. 

It's day 236 of the Melodrama, and that's the last time we're going to use that phrase. Anthony has pulled off one of the most stunning coups by a player in recent history, and managed to only need eight months to get it done. So, good work there, Melo. Next time, throw us a bone and pull it off a little faster? Actually, we take that back. Don't ever do this to us again. Ever. Please. We're literally begging you. 

This trade represents the extension of what started this summer with "The Decision" and LeBron James and Chris Bosh being wined and dined by executives with proposals, plans, and fan initiatives. We're in a new era, and the players are running the shots. Perhaps that more than anything signifies the key clash involved in this summer's CBA talks. Anthony was able to not only demand a trade from a playoff team, but designate where he wanted to go, and have it done the season he wanted to go. 

We'll never know for sure if Anthony was willing to leave the money on the table to go to New York had he not been traded, nor will we know if he would have accepted a trade to the Nets had the Knicks not gave in and essentially offered up everything but their own children in this deal. What we know is that Melo now joins Amar'e Stoudemire, and that in and of itself is exciting, and weird. 

Carmelo Anthony has a usage rate of 32.5% of all possessions, while Amar'e has a usage of 31.7%. Those are obscene numbers for taking up possessions.  The two are going to have to now work alongside the biggest stars they have ever played with. Melo wanted to be a big star on the big stage, but let's be clear. Amar'e Stoudemire did not go to New York to be a sidekick. We'll have to see how they work alongside together and how Melo adapts to the high pace of Mike D'Antoni's system which also emphasises ball movement. This isn't going to be seamless. Yes, Melo was acquired and yes, he is the star jewel they wanted to add (one of three, it would seem). But there is a degree of concern here and all that's before we look at New York as a team

But all that's for another day. This is a big day of victory for Melo, for CAA, for Leon Rose, and the ever-expanding power of the William Wesley power base, who have just extricated an All-Star from his team and moved him to the team they wanted to move him to. You have to appreciate how Melo's handled all this, even if he started to crack at the end. He's managed not to get fined through this entire process. Think about that. All these questions, all this pressure, all this nonsense, and he managed not to get fined once for his comments. He also managed not to alienate the Nuggets into trading him somewhere he didn't want to go, and managed to secure meetings with Knicks ownership to make him feel good about the future. 

Is this a good thing? We've got Chris Paul in New Orleans, Dwight Howard in Orlando, and Deron Williams in Utah. They're all capable of being free agents in 2012. And a pattern has been set. Sure, it was annoying for Melo for a few months, and hard on his team. But in the end, Anthony got what he wanted, and gets to reap the rewards of playing in a major market and all the endorsements that go along with it. The parties, the glamor, all of it. Of course, he may have set back his ability to win a title because of what was required to get him, but he won't be blamed for that. He'll get to enjoy it, as will his wife La La Vasquez, who has wanted this for a while. 

Behind every man with an inflated sense of self worth is an ambitious woman seeking another television deal.

This is the ultimate empowerment of the athlete, to the degree of forcing teams into decisions they didn't necessarily want to make, and doing so on their terms. A dangerous precedent has been set for NBA players, where the way to win? Team up, even if it means forcing your team to walk the plank. That Denver managed to get out of this with a favorable set of assets is their good fortune, especially after the way they bungled this for six months.  But it doesn't change the fact that Denver's now rebuilding, because Anthony wanted to leave. That's it. No complicated set of initiatives, no overwrought ideas of clashing philosophies, the Nuggets weren't looking to move in a different direction. Melo got what he wanted, when he wanted it, how he wanted it. Welcome to the new NBA landscape of player power plays. 

Now we'll have to see if he's worth even a fraction of the drama (see, we told you we weren't saying it again) he's created for us. 

Welcome to New York, Carmelo. Hope you're ready, because the pressure does not end now. 

For more on our coverage of the Carmelo Anthony trade to New York, check out:

Ken Berger's report on the breaking deal

Royce Young discusses the impact the deal has on the Knicks. 

Ben Golliver hands out trade grades and winners & losers.
Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Explain what it is Melo did to Nuggets fans and ownership.
He could have been a real jerk and not said anything about wanting to go to the Knicks. If he had done that, Denver would have really been screwed. Instead, Melo let you know where he wanted to go, so Denver could get someting for him.
When you say he held the franchise hostage, I'm confused as well. Explain how that for me as well.
Melo never asked for a trade. He was up front with the Nuggets and stated that he would only sign an extension if he was traded to the Knicks. 
No team in the NBA was going to sign him without assurances that we would stick around.
But then, we get to the whole monkees comment and then realize what this is all about.
In fact this entire article is tinged w race baiting. 
If u care, here are my thoughts on . 
I wrote this before reading your post. But realize I was on the money.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:00 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Wow this conversation hass taken a turn for the worst. I do hope the term monkey was used in the same context as "clown" or "jerk". I read it and never interpreted it as racist..

I have no negative feelings towards Melo in all this. He handled himself well and avoided a repeat of the southbeach roadshow. The players are not to blame for this. It is the owners and management who get into bidding wars and the Collective Agreement does not stop the stacking of teams or the buyout of huge contracts by a weak team so that players can sign for the minimum with a contender. Would that happen if players had to leave lets say 20 million on the table to go chase a ring? Probably not.

So please get it right in the next collective agreement. Lets have a league of decent teams; not a league of 4 teams with all the stars. Let's make players more financially accountable- no more buyouts followed by playing somewhere else for nothing, no more obscene contracts. Just reasonable pay for reasonable work. Things have gone way too far in the player's favour- let's get it back into the fan's favour.



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:15 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Number one...you are a racist idiot who says these things in print because you know damn well you would get your face smashed in if you said it to anyones face!!!  You are nothing but an irrelevant coward who is jealous and has no knowledge of sports. To a certain degree, players should not hold teams hostage but when a player is considered to have no value, the owners dump them faster than you can say go...so good for the players to have some power. I think because the players are African American and the owners are white, people have a problem. i should have known you were a moron because you like the Red Sox!!!



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:55 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Can't even imagine being a Nugs fan right now. I'd be disgusted. If I'm an owner, I lock these f**ckers out, no holds barred. Players holding entire franchises hostage to get their way? WTF? Where did this come from? You play a GAME for a living, a ridiculously lucrative living. Where does it end? What is enough, or too much? It's beyond outrageous at this point. If I'm Dolan or Cuban. etc., I slam on the brakes and tell these monkees to take a walk. This is highway robbery. If it goes like this, there will be 5-6 relevant teams and the other 24-25 will be also-rans.




Where was your moral dilemna when the Boston Celtics signed four or five all-stars to their roster?  Undecided   Where was your outrage then? 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:59 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

What would you expect from a Red Sox fan?  They are used to having their mouth run while being completely un-inhibited by anything having to do with logic. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:28 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Shame on you for writing something so racist.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:16 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Melo could have waited until the off season to become a free agent, and Denver would have received nothing in return.  How is that selfish?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:34 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

I watch an NHL game only a few times per year. I AM a basketball fanatic. Everytime I go back to hockey, I am amazed at the shakeup in pecking orders. An NHL champion will be hanging on to the last playoff spot ten months later. A team with a sub 500 record will be a playoff team a year later. A few teams get to the finals more often than most but the dynasties are gone and almost any team can contend within a year or two if their front office makes good decisions.

The NBA is going the opposite way. Unless something in the new collective agreement stops this, Paul, Howard and Williams will go down the same path as Melo. There will be 4 or 5 strong teams and a bunch of starless teams that will be not worth the money tickets cost these days. I just hope that fans recognize this and stop buying tickets and stop watching on TV. The result of this, if we fans play OUR cards right will be 4 or 5 arenas that are rockin every night and 25 arenas that are half empty. Profits will crash and the craziness will stop. 4 teams can not support 26 others and we deserve better than the mediocrity of teams that are blacklisted by superstars.

Let's face it: success in the NBA is based on the talents of about 25, maybe 30 superstars. Everyone else is important but they are role players who can easily be replaced by another role player when push comes to shove. So now instead of each team having one, maybe two superstars, a few teams will have them all. If this is really where players want the league to go, lets do what's right- cut the league to 8 teams. Then every night we fans will get our money's worth. The league will be made up of 96 most talented players, the other franchises can become D league destinations- the 96 NBAer's can make their millions. The rest can get used to $40,000 per year salaries.

If this is what Bosh, Melo, Wade, Lebron, Paul, Amare, Williams and Howard want, bring it on! Leave 70% of the other players in the league on the titanic while you row away in the only lifeboat.

The only thing that will keep this from happening is stupidity among fans who will pay for anything closely resembling the NBA. Shame on us if we support this!

Parity is the way to go. Like in the NHL, many great players will never see a cup if this happens. Few will see multiple cups. But in the end it is supposed to be about entertainment- putting a high quality, competitive product into every NBA city. Right now it is about greed, stacking the deck and finding easy ways to win a title. Free agency, vets getting released and paid millions by some poor franchise so they can go join a contender. What a joke!

How much does a title mean if it is gotten by manipulation?



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:28 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Can't even imagine being a Nugs fan right now. I'd be disgusted. If I'm an owner, I lock these f**ckers out, no holds barred. Players holding entire franchises hostage to get their way? WTF? Where did this come from? You play a GAME for a living, a ridiculously lucrative living. Where does it end? What is enough, or too much? It's beyond outrageous at this point. If I'm Dolan or Cuban. etc., I slam on the brakes and tell these monkees to take a walk. This is highway robbery. If it goes like this, there will be 5-6 relevant teams and the other 24-25 will be also-rans.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:26 am
 

Melo trade: No one man should have all that power

Not a word on how frustrating this is for fans in Denver.  The Nuggets have spent luxury tax for years and sought talented free agents to join Carmelo Anthony for years.  We packed the stands and gave Carmelo support even through a DUI, multiple marijuana incidents, and the Madison Square Garden slapping incident.  Melo never heard a bad word from fans until he turned his back on Denver and asked out of town rejecting yet another max contract.  It's a sad day for fans that went almost a decade without a playoff appearance before Carmelo came to town.  I don't wish Carmelo anything but the best of luck, but it the uncertainty in Denver is unsettling and not having one more shot in the playoffs with a team similar to the one that advanced to the conference finals two years ago is extremely frustrating.  There has been a lot of money invested into the team this year and it's absurd in so many ways to abandon it now, but you are now looking at one of next year's lowest payrolls in Denver...if the new CBA gets worked out.


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