Dear Carmelo Anthony:
You should know first and foremost that all of Knicks fandom would welcome you with open arms to the Mecca of Basketball at Madison Square Garden.
A few days back a fellow die hard Knicks Fan, asked What Should You, Carmelo Anthony, Do (WSYD). Sorta of how Lebron James asked in his now famous post "decision" commercial.
I suppose that Knicks fan was indirectly likening your situation to that of Lebron. I suppose as the latest Super Star athlete available to test free agency you are in the same situation Lebron was in this past summer. I suppose that since free agency gives you the right sign with a team capable of contending for championships with your addition, you (like Lebron) possess the ability to shift he balance of talent and power in the league.
Yeah Lebron James. That Lebron James. A highly coveted star who gave up quite a huge chunk of change to join his buddies in Miami. James cut into the total amount of the 2010 max money he could have acquired. James did so to help pay for Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem. According to others James also lost money when his Q rating dropped when many fans stopped rooting for him (and by extension buying his products).
Lebron will still make coin for Nike and his other endorsers, he's too talented and too good a baller not to. Imagine when (not if) he wins the whole thing with his talented super friends. I hear Europeans and the Chinese love winners and show it by buying the Jerseys of winning star players (Kobe Bryant anyone).
What should you do? Stand your ground if going to the Knicks is what you want then test out free agency or make it dawn on the Nuggets that you will not settle for less in New Jersey. The way reporters talk about the possible New CBA and the way it's bandied about by Supporters of the Nuggets (and I'm sure Nuggetts OWNERSHIP as well) is like a lash of fear on the last of a stable of thoroughbred chattle (players). The others got away and all one owner could do was make a tirade. That tirade was identified by some as another in the long history of actions between the forty (hunderd) million dollar slaves and the sports team multmillion dollar ownership groups. Everyone knows that all the Nuggets and Nets ownership can do is bandy the threat of the New CBA above you like a lash of fear. Like Lebrons' experience, the specter of the now 100 million dollar slave is brought to be played out anew. This time out with the threat of you losing to the eerie new CBA as Denver's attempt to keep you in line.
Do you think the near exclusive exchanges between the Nuggets and Nets (and the boxing out of the Knicks by Nuggets) ownership is as innocent is it seems? Don't you think the squeeze play that Denver is playing on you is something Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert probably would have done to Lebron had he had a Mulligan? As a stud baller aren't you tired of all the "Star Player as a Damsel to be wooed analogies?" Do you think this time out Prokhorov err . . . NJ's push is just another innocent episode of an eager but otherwise unattractive suitor seeking your Super Stars services. If so then why does Denver want the sordid affair to go underground.
Make no mistake the Knicks are interested, their offers have been rejected, Stoudemire would love you as a teamate and co-captain despite what some gossip columnist disguised as reporters would tell you. Walsh is looking to acquire pieces and working on deals despite the Nuggets stonewalling. And there's no way that the Knicks don't have attractive assets comparable or greater than that said to be offered by the Nets.
Don't you think this time out the exclusive way in which obstinate Nuggets ownership is funneling you towards the Nets looks more and more like an arranged marriage of your services? Don't you think that Nuggets/Nets hard line is clearly indicates a desire to deny you the freedom to choose? A freedom earned by contract. A freedom Bosh, James, and others have siezed for an opportunity to redefine their legacies. That's your freedom too. In New York City people come despite the challenges to realize their dreams in the midst of uncertainties. Many lovers make it happen many dreams are made come true. In the city with the Statute of Liberty those who dare fulfill them despite the obstacles put out in front of them Don't let Denver and Nets force you into an archaic arranged marriage.
You have power still. Ownership and Denver Journalist will try to tell you otherwise. You still have the power to stick to your guns. No one can take that from you till you surrender it. Lebron stuck to his guns and now he is with a collection of talent that may win a series of rings. Meanwhile, your union with Stoudemire and the rising core of the Knicks may never be b/c you will give into the lash of fear Nets and Denver ownership and the other pariah will bandy over you. That union with STAT and Felton and possibly Chandler with Fields would have rivaled Miami and you might be in position to challenge for the Chip that defines a player. Championship that define the legacy of players of your caliber. You'll get the Max with the Knicks that MSG will be able to pay under the new rules of the game. And I'm quite sure that you'll cash in just like Stoudemire is doing so as part of the Knicks road to resurrection.
Insist on and Realize your dreams Carmelo. Fulfill that union that should have been between a star forward and big man (Bernard King and Ewing) that could have brought the Knicks a chip. You're a New Yorker and made of better stuff than the walls placed around the opportunity of your life time. Don't you think that YOU the baller who is the heir apparent to the Garden's former King belongs on the court that is the crown jewel of the city's game? An opportunity to define your legacy in the greatest City (not borough) in the World and for the most passionate and knowledgeable basketball fans anywhere on earth!
Orange & Blue and Peaceman
Die Hard Knicks Fans for Life
A-Dub just announced his next Radio show will reveal his view. The Theme of his Show is going to be.." I'm not giving up My Gallo Underoos Until I See Melo in a Knick Uniform!"
Gents, I will put up the LBE, but unfortunately, I will not be able to participate. unless I am freed up late tonight. If we don't win tonight, we are officially in a bit of trouble, because that back to back against San Antonio and Oklahoma City promise to be grueling.
Houston is no joke.They may be star crossed, Yao may have to hang it up.Let’s hope not, the big man has game and that always has to be respected.Houston is a tough bunch of rascals that are all about beating some ass.They were tougher with Landry, but still have some raw meat eaters.They have to be beaten, they won’t fold.Can D’Umbtoni rally the troops?Amare has a good matchup with their middlemen, but what do the other fellas bring to the table?This is a statement game.Does this team have enough character to shake off any and all trade rumors, to be professional and play hard for an unduly large paycheck?Or have they sank into the morass of self pity while waiting for their marching orders.On another note, I can’t stand any trade scenarios for Carms where Fields goes.Sure he is not Carmelo, but without Fields you have three other strangers out there, all going for themselves, excepting Turief, bench guy and Felton, shoot 1st, pass 2nd.Yes, I know Turiaf plays team ball, but how many minutes does he play?Donnie, don’t trade Fields, he’s the glue for the broken straw that stirs the drink.WE NEED FIELDS TO MAKE THIS TEAM BETTER.DON’T TRADE HIM!He is my #3 guy in terms of indispenseability right now after Amare and Felton.Nash gave Felton a lesson the other day.I like Turiaf, but I would trade him before Fields in a second.Chemistry is everything and Fields, whether he knows it or not brings “better living through chemistry”.Let’s turn this BS around with some D, or I’ll have to find another cartoon show to watch.
Get Melo and we get another banner to hang in the Garden!
Melo is Batman and Amare Robin.
Whatch them work it.......
O & B and Peaceman’s appeal to Carmelo Anthony to hold out against all solicitations other than the Knicks is quite persuasive and hopefully, Melo will somehow read it, be patient and act accordingly.
Melo’s long range happiness, including, salary, endorsements, appearances, and the opportunity to compete for a championship in a city that would love his presence, is best accomplished by holding out for the Knicks and refusing all other suitors.
I want to focus this post on what it would take for Walsh and Co. to attain Melo by the February 24th trade deadline.
Denver has insisted that to acquire Melo the Knicks provide a No 1 draft choice in addition to other players. Walsh has claimed from the beginning of the season that he has a trade partner to attain a No. 1 draft choice. Presumably, the Knicks would trade Anthony Randolph--young (21), highly athletic, but currently bench banned (for being mistake prone but also to avoid any injury).
Realistically, both Denver and the Knicks have to factor E. Curry in the mix in order to make the salaries somewhat equivalent. That is why a Knick – Denver deal prior to February 24th may be unlikely. The longer the Knicks have to pay Eddie’s $11 million dollar salary, the less Denver will have to pay for the balance of the season. Nevertheless, attaining Curry’s contract and letting it expire will free up considerable cap space for any team that wants to enter the free agaent market this July. It’s possible that Walsh could attan another No. 1 draft choice for E-City’s contract, if two No. 1 draft choices would satisfy Denver.
Denver would also want another player in return for the Melo man. Here Walsh can offer them Chandler, Gallo or Fields. Denver would not likely want Chandler, because he is also currently in his last year of an expiring contract (Walsh chose not to extend it); and thus Denver could not be assured that Wilson would agree to an extension or resign with Denver after July 1st. Walsh has also promised to do right by Chandler at the end of the season. Thus, why should Wilson agree to an extension with Denver if he could potentially resign with the Knicks or attain more money from another team?
Gallo would thus be the next choice in the mix, but Gallo is somewhat protected by D’Antoni for perhaps ethno- cultural associations. Walsh, however, may not feel bound by such connections to Gallo, but Walsh may feel some need to please his coach. Walsh, however, may take some pride in having selected Fields as the 39th pick and thus prefers keeping Landry if a choice has to be made. I would personnaly prefer to move Gallo and keep Fields, but as much as I like Fields, I would move him in a New York minute if I could get Melo by Februay 24th.
Denver, according to reported but unnamed sources, is also looking to move Harrington in a Melo deal, beliving that it made a mistake in signing him to a 4 year contract at approximately $4 – 5 million per year. Knicks might accept Buckets in a Melo package, if they could move some combination of Walker/Williams or even Azubuike in exchange. Getting Melo, however, would not alleviate the Knicks need for a starting or back-up rebounding big man as well as a back-up point guard. If Melo, however, can be had now, I say get him. The other pieces can be found and filled in later.
Can u guys pls quit with the roster-bating and enjoy the team u have for Christ's sake. That's why the Knicks are never sucessfull. they keep on looking to what they don't have instead of what theyb do have right in front of them. and what they have is a solid team headed by an point guard who is having a All Star season in Ray felton and a possible MVP candidate in Amare Stoudamire.
We'll he accept the squeeze play and the arranged marriage with the ugly dude who has no choice but to try to force Carmelo to listen to him?
Wednesday is the big day. Melo is supposed to meet with the Nets. Will he burn the Knicks or scorch the Nets? Inquiring minds will soon know.
@Tman Hey Hey T'Man
You and Lives are right. Tonight is a test. Are the Knicks worn w/ all the Melodrama rumors? Are they equal to tonight's task. DO they have resolve?
Houston has depth talent and gumption. No easy task.
Welcome back Mr. T!
@Tman This is going to be a statement game. Since New York has been mentioned with more hyperbole in the Melo non-talks, the Knicks have stopped putting forth that 48 minutes worth of effort on the court. D'Antoni is absolutely right that the Knicks are not good enough to rely on skill and athleticism. They must play with effort the entire game. That makes tonight another test of their resolve. Tonight will be about effort and "D."
@Peaceman Let's do this Peaceman! Make it happen.
@Post_up_Prince Post-up, if you send me your livefyre code info, I will gladly hook up your avatar.
@Lives @Post_up_Prince There is very solid article by Larry Coon of ESPN that basically states that now is the time the deal must be done for the Nuggets... er meaning before the trade deadline. The good cap relief deals slip when you go past that date and also Melo's advantage grows b/c he in essence can use his option to convert his ETO into a sign and extend/trade scenario into a no trade clause.
Maybe Peaceman, Hodges or someone here may want to expand upon Coon's latest bit.
Good day folks!
@Post_up_Prince Good letter for what it does -- state an argument for Melo to hold his ground until he achieve's his "ultimate dream" which is playing for the New York Knicks. Lots of readers love it because they would love to talk to Melo. I'm not convinced that Melo gets closer ot a chip.
With that said, I agree co-sign Prince's analysis. I wish I knew what is really motivating Denver. It sounds like they are dealing as much out of spite as business sense. It seems that in part their motivation is not to be bullied by Melo or the Knicks who they probably blame for this fiasco. Perhaps today will be the beginning of the end, unless Melo does not accept the meeting with the Nyets. But the truth is that it will be over when it's over, not when we want it to be.
@Post_up_Prince Whaddup Prince
I agree with the spirit of your comment. I do think that flipping Curry's expiring contract would hurt the Knicks should look to match salaries in a Melo trade scenario.
Yeah, I don't mind seeing gallo go in any of those trade scenarios. Maybe it will make D'Antoni leave. We can then get a defensive oriented small ball coach like Gentry. Just blogging there.
I aslo think if it takes a combo of Fields, Melo and a first rounder or two to land Melo plus Curry's expiring then it's doable. Flipping Zubi's contract and that of others for Al Harrington for the Nuggets to get contract relief would be ok so long as Melo gets the extend and trade with the Knicks. That would allow the Knicks to then resign Chandler in the offseason.
To date I continue to hear (via Ian Thompson on BSPN) that Nuggets will continue to stonewall the Knicks. That they would rather send him now to Houston to a team willing rent Melo w/o the extension being signed.
@LFJeremy Thanks bro! Our teams are tussling. I'm sure your boys will make a mighty stand at the Alamo. No Roberto Duran No Mas there.
@LFJeremy Thanks man!
We do our best to build a quality cite for Bball fans and Knicks fans. Yeah we have our teams but knowledgeable Bball fans our this blog's lifeblood.
We welcome your insight. I agree the league has changed. Triumvirates are the vogue and now you need more than two stars. The New CBA may end that but the Heat will take advantage if Melo is squeezed out w/ a franchise tag bs! They should phase in things like a franchise tag and let the league regain balance while still allowing some teams to build up to challenge the Heat. It's a boring Bball world otherwise.
@LFJeremy Thanks JMatt
Thanks for chiming in and for the good vibes. I certainly would love to have Melo with the Knicks. If it happens I'm as happy as a lush at mardi grass. If it doesn't we have to find another way to build a contender. Heat aren't going away any time soon.
I'll wish you Spurs luck in the post season. I hate the Heat and Celtics and would rather see the Spurs win the chip than thoes two teams.
This may be your Spurs year to return to the finals. Kobe look done and the West is a crap shoot.
I have visited JTS website quite a few times. I leave comments when I do. Usually they have to pass through the admin filter, so I'm not sure they get through.
Yeah, sports talks is mostly speculation, he said or she said about what most of wish could be better change or be the case.
Good point. I acknowledged JTS b/c I'm not really a gossip scoop type writer. I'm did the letter and columns on Melo for our Peaceman. Of course I'd love to see Melo join us. But like you siad it will happen when or if it happens not when we want it to happen.
@Orange_and_Blue @slapdoghoops O&B, I see you're into the "spirits" a bit today. You likey the "spirit of posts," huh? Well, I disagree with the jts' post spirit because what fans do including him is talk about and obsess over changes they would liek to see their fave team make. jts has been harping on a few changes himself, just not on Melo.
BTW, make sure you visit his site and give him a shoutout. He is a frequent visitor and solid contributor -- just has the wrong spirit on this ocassion.
I can't say I disagree with the spirit of you post.
Knicks fans do the covetous thing alot. Though this time it seems Melo may want in.
If so that'd be sweet.