1. A House Divided?
Thankfully the February 24 trade deadline is around the corner. When that seasonal milestone is crossed the Knicks may find themselves for better or for worse on the other side of a growing current dividing the league. For the Knicks may be crossing their own version of the Roman Rubicon. That heralded river of lore that once crossed, divided a republic to a point from which it could not turn back. Similarly, for the Knicks, certain postures from within could result in action or inaction that locks the organization into a compromising position as they maneuver to secure Carmelo Anthony's services.
The possibility of an eventual Knicks/Nuggets (and possibly third or fourth party) deal to land Carmelo Anthony in Gotham has taken its toll on the Knicks. The toll is exemplified in the play on the court from players rumored to be included in a deal for Anthony. The angst and attrition off the court is expressed by players like Raymond Felton, Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni and President of Basketball Operations, Donnie Walsh. While, the objective of landing Anthony's services has even stirred the involvement of James Dolan and possibly the whispers from Isaiah Thomas' no so clandestine counsel.
From a certain point of view the interest represented from all parties involved within the Knicks organization is understandable. The position of Donnie Walsh to stand firm and patient towards a deal that does not leave the Knicks without a needed balance of good role players is clearly sound. Head coach Mike D'Antoni's reticence to undermine the chemistry of a young (and possibly up and coming roster) is understandable. Even Dolan's contact with Denver Nuggets' ownership is reasonable since it demonstrates the Knicks desire to add a superstar of Anthony's caliber to the roster. In some ways the push and pull within the organization for a trade at all cost and a fair trade that transitions the Knicks further towards contention is reasonable.
But at times the apparent push and pull on the breaks and pedals towards a trade for Anthony may be sabotaging the Knicks bargaining posture. What should be a united front by Knicks management seems to be morphing into a split at opposite extremes. Extremes that span from D'Antoni's reticence to part with his god son or a handful of players in any trade to the voice in Dolan's ear to trade the whole farm for some very good seed.
Meanwhile the supposedly amateurish Nuggets engage the seemingly fractured Knicks with a united front. Sources apparently listing offers pitting the Knicks bid against those of rival teams while tempting the divide within the Knicks. A divide between weak in the knees reticence and knee jerk desperation. A divide that if crossed far off a reasonable mark may inundate the Knicks future aspiration in the torrent of a rubicon of no return. Doesn't all this beg the question, which organization is really being amateurish? A house divided can't stand let alone host a pow wow where a unified front can reasonably bargain from strength in the ultimate game of chicken!
Both Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov are scheduled to meet with Carmelo Anthony during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Anthony's representatives will be responsible for setting up the meetings with the two owners. Dolan and Prokhorov will receive an audience in a similar way to what was arranged during LeBron James' free agency. It is not clear why Anthony would need to meet with Dolan, considering the Knicks have been his top choice for months. One league executive believes that Anthony, like James, simply wants to hear straight from Dolan what the future holds for the Knicks. Whether or not Donnie Walsh will be in attendance is not known, but Garden president Scott O'Neil and assistant general manager Allan Houston will likely attend beside Dolan. Via New York Daily News.
Why does Dolan want to be present????? To tell the Russian to go Fuck Himself! Also to insure that holding on to Gallo to be a deal breaker will not happen even if Herb Williams becomes the temp head coach for the 5TH time! Don't think IT will be there?? Then you think Sarah Palin is intelligent. Another Fact....Isaih Thomas is Chris Paul's Idol. Bernard King is Melo's. Dolan will insure Melo that he will be in 5 story billboards all over New York. The Melo sneaker will eclipse anything Lebron James will ever have. Macy's will have a complete Carmelo Anthony section including Cologne, jackets, hoodies, and underoos! Madison Ave needs the Amare's, Melo's and Paul's......not the Gallo's. Chandler's and Felton's.
O & B: I am not sure if the Knicks are as divided internally as opposed to Melo himself who seems to be conveying mixed messages: (1st) only wanting a trade to the Knicks; (2nd) initially avoiding the Nets owner but now allegedly hinting that he might accept a move to New Jersey; and (3rd) insistinng for more than a half season he would not sign an extension with the Nuggests but now floating a notion that he would mull and consider such an extension.
As you noted in reply to my post on the prior thread, Melo started a fight with Jerrod Jeffries then punked out by running away before JJ could retaliate. Are we seeking a Macho Melo who stands firm in his position or a Marsh-Melo who melts, waffles and whimps out when Denver management threatens to trade him to a team he doesn't want and thus potentially lose money after July 1 because of an impasse over a new CBA, possible lockout, and less cap space or lower max-contracts, etc.
At this point I would say Denver is outplaying both Melo and all suitors, but especially the Knicks and Nets--attempting to convince Melo to (1) stay in Denver (2) accept a trade to New Jersey since they are offering more than the Knicks or (3) force the Knicks to offer far more than they should. By waiting this long, however, Denver has created some internal dissension within their own organization between those who want to (1) punish Melo for creating this "Melodrama" by moving him for little to a place he will not like and (2) trade him for as much value as can be attained to a team where he will presumably sign an extension and (3) keep him and hope he changes his mind and using his services to make a playoff run--risking getting nothing in return if he walks except the satisfaction of punishing the man for having betrayed his benefactor. The Nugget players have been clearly distracted and want the matter resolved asap--some being angry at both Melo and management for allowing it to fester this long.
Stay tuned--the Melo-dy will play on for another week and the song will end sadly for someone.
@Peaceman I"m pretty sure madison avenue will work with Lala to promote her designs. MSG with it's growing music venue ownership could get Lala some hosting joints as well.
@Peaceman Not to mention losing our Blog Brother Peaceman on account of his wagering his lungs and the mortgage on KD's O&B bicycle. Ali G has been pretty silent on this whole MeloDrama. What's good?
Steady as IT goes!
It all comes down to " FIVE Pidgeons in the hand is worth ONE HAWK in the bush" Yes I said that and stand by it. If you think Zeke got it bad from the Garden...let Melo get away and Walsh & Dantoni won't last the season as the Garden will boo their ass's back to Italy and Indianna respectivley! You can put lipstick on Gallo, Chandler, Felton..but their still all pigs!
@Post_up_Prince Unfortunately Post Up, Melo's own waffling has seemed to show a divide within the Knicks brass. Some want to offer little and not lose those dearest to them (Gallo and D'Antoni), others want to play this out correctly with a fair and reasonable offer that takes the Knicks further towards contention, then others are willing to sell the whole bard in exchange for the good seed while likely becoming share croppers absent even an acre or a mule.
Go figure that Marshmelo not Meloman would divide the Knicks with his fickleness.
@Steady Pecaman's covetousness is always ready to debate Steady's and Statesman rationale side. But me and Peace as much as we are chums even split on some issues. Thanks for the good words. I think once the Melo drama is over I'll turn the keys over to Aaron so he can get back to talking regular BBall stuff. I'll be back after a week. I'm really tired of the drama. Hahaha!
@Orange_and_Blue LOL--that was drivel O&B, not another Steadyism. It might as well have been all qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqs. Just wanted to make sure that you know how much we appreciate the effort of putting up something on the thread to entertain your KFB brothers. You may recall that IT does not take much in these here parts to get a heated debate going. Just add Peaceman and Blessings! LOL
Steady as IT goes in LALA Land.
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@Steady Missigence? What's that word describe. I'll look it up. Steady as IT goes!