Well the Knicks laid an egg last night. They showed some fight, (pun intended) coming back from a 24 point deficit to make the game close but in the end it was all for naught. The Atlanta Hawks defeated them 111-102 and until the trade deadline passes the whispers will turn to shouts for Carmelo Anthony every time the Knicks lose. So let's turn our attention to Carmelo for a moment.
I read an interesting article from Peter Vecsey today about the Carmelo Anthony situation and how it relates to what happened back in the '70's when Kareem Abdul Jabbar was searching for a way out of Milwauke. Here's an excerpt from that article.
Several board members of the Bucks were opposed to the agreement. Embry convinced them how serious Kareem was and how much the team had to lose if a deal wasn’t made. He conceded it wasn’t perfect, but advocated doing it out of respect to Abdul-Jabbar who carried the team to the ’71 title and to the ’74 Finals. Oscar Robertson had retired. It was time to build a new foundation.
Several weeks later, the agreement got out. Until then there were a couple of speculative stories.
“We met on Friday,” Embry recalled. “I am certain the board approved deal on the Saturday before the 16th and league approved it on Monday.
Until then there were a few rumors. There might have been a couple of speculative stories.
“Our beat writers would come to me ask, ‘Anything with Kareem?’ ” Embry said. “And I’d say, ‘I can’t talk to you. There’s nothing to discuss.’ It became a non-issue. Then all of a sudden it happened.”
It's an interesting look into how business was conducted back then and how the media landscape has changed the game. I wonder if Donnie Walsh and the Knicks brass have brushed up on this particular case study. Read the whole article here.
Business is business, it doesn't change, only the cast of characters exerting influece on the "art of the deal" changes.There is power exerted in business, that Mao said comes from the barrel of a gun, and honor, that descendant of human lore, the reflection of godlike behaviour.The NBA, begun in 1948, is no different in its performance than the Dutch West India Co. or Facebook for that matter, it sells a dream called sport to fill the time of people who cannot go out and entertain themselves for whatever the reason or excuse is.If you truly want to know what Vecsey knows, or purports to know, read "the Inside Game, Race, Power and Politics in the NBA", by Wayne Embry (with Mary Schmitt Boyer) foreword by guess who, Spike Lee.Embry, aside from being a Hall of Fame center with the Cincinnati Royals was also a GM at Milwaukee and Cleveland, a first for a Black man.He was the GM who unwillingly, yet honorably, traded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Noted for being fairminded and very intelligent Embry explains the complexities of a business as dirty as any other in the US in fascinating detail.The parallels to Carmello and the Knicks' situation are there as well as some small diffeerences.Most executives in any business are sludge, it comes with the cut-throat low road to success.Embry took the other road and paid for it, but he has his honor and soul intact, unlike Don Nelson who's road is also delineated here.A tough book to find, but not impossible.It is worth the effort for NBA fans, business majors and philosophers of the American landscape in general.It made me an even bigger Wayne Embry fan than I was.By the way GM Embry, a pretty knowledgible guy rates his teammate the Big O above MJ as a pure b-ball player.Remember the oscar-West arguements?Now add MJ.I would have to agree that O was the best !MJ the greatest winning guard of all time, can't forget Russell as the greatest winner just on # 0f chips!Here we go!
01/28/2011 4:01 PM
@Snoop: Typical hypocritical response from you- instead of "Zzzzzz" why don't you give the people a reason for your non-appreciation?
01/28/2011 1:50 PM
01/28/2011 11:29 AM
Peter, sometimes you get it right. Most of the time you are a better example of blowhard than Keith O. There is a huge difference in the media then and the media now. The ability to keep things "in house" just isn't the same anymore. Not even close. Why not bring up this obvious difference?
01/28/2011 10:10 AM
An interesting article, but it would have been nice if you had told those of us unfamiliar with the details of this trade, what the Bucks got in the end. I'm assuming it was 250k instead of Winters but I wouldn't know from your article. Again, nice article, I prefer pieces like this then your usual pointlessly snarky stuff.
01/28/2011 7:41 AM
Peter! Ur a hack!! The only way you will ever save face is if the nets end up with Melo! give it up and swallow your pride man!
It's probably true that most transactions happen in the quiet dark of the night and aren't revealed before they are official or damn near close. What is probably also true is that the agents and the team tailors or equipment manager (those who must sew numbers and names onto uniforms or set up for new arrivals.,) are probably among the first to know when one player is leaving and another is arriving soon..
@Tman Great info and insight as usual. Thanks. I'm going ot look for that book. Amazon here i come.
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@Peaceman Fook Niv! must be Nets homer!