The New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov essentially called off the dogs Wednesday afternoon, in a self serving press conference, announcing that the New Jersey Nets will no longer pursue a deal for Carmelo Anthony’s services.
You might be thinking, “How could the press conference be self serving?” Well to me, this conference was about saving face in what appears to be a loss for Prokhorov vs. Donnie Walsh and the New York Knicks. It’s much easier to give the illusion that Prokhorov is indeed in charge, making the final call then it is to admit that Carmelo Anthony has had all the leverage throughout this entire ordeal. Yet, there was Prokhorov putting on the corporate charm that seduces shareholders and boosts morale, but fails to uncover the cold hard truth. The New Jersey Nets have failed to attract the most talented players to their side and they will not be a championship caliber team for many years to come. The 5 year window that Prokhorov has proposed is a pipe dream and he knows it.
Check the history of superstars, or at least guys with leverage being traded.There is nothing new here.Knicks can have him, if they ante up.Don't trade Fields.Trade D'oomtoni
Darn. Sure sounds like you were describing our Knicks during Donnie Walsh's chase of LeBron.
I truly wonder what drives GM and owners to do the ridiculous to try and make the improbable happen. It was as clear that Carmelo was not coming to New Jersey willingly as it was that LeBron was going to a team that had a chance to win it all. What drives these men to waste so much time and resources going against reason at such risk?
I don't know the answer but I'm guessing that part of it lies in the fact that Dolan and Prokhorov are "made" men. Prokhorov is "self-made" and Dolan is "With-a-lot-of-help-made." Regardless of how they got to the top of their businesses, they understand that no risk, no reward; no venture, no adventure. Independent businessmen will take chances in the face of the improbable.
Clearly, Prokhorov and his team had calculated something in the equation that was not tangable, something that the normal eye could not see. Perhaps it was the uncontrollable human element -- Carmelo's emotions. Perhaps, he really did think that the means of persuasion that had him beat out everyone else to achieve improbable dreams in Russia and America had a chance of succeeding. After all, at one time owning a sports team was only an imagining. So why not imagine owning Carmelo Anthony's contract?
This butting heads against the unlikely is what separates Prokhorov, the dreamer, from the "sleepers" like us. Dolan and Prokhorov, as ridiculously stupid as their efforts were to gain these stars in unlikely ways, they are no different than an Oprah who decides to overcome her fear to start a network. Perhaps we should all dream so boldly and act with such confidence and faith.
(Prokhorov may have set the table for a surprising future. All successful businessfolks know that simply because someone unilaterally declares a deal dead does not mean a deal is dead. Sometimes it is simply meant to set the limitations of negotiation -- and yes, sometimes the negotiation is just plain idiotic).
@LFJeremy Seems Russian rubles in overabundance can't buy everyone, neither can that old Russian Charm.. LOL!
@LFJeremy God made his money in Russian oil and you have to be quick or be dead to have exploited the rabid capitalism of post soviet Russia. I admire Prokhorov's balls. I'm sure he's succeeded on many levels in the past in his home country and that cockiness got the best of him here.
@Tman OBTW T'Man Walsh is protecting Gallo for D'Opey and Fields is a pawn for Melo. So is will.
I'm starting to get the feeling that D'Antoni's running the whole show!
I'm tired of this mouse Davis shyt!
@Tman Hey Hey Mr. T
Long day at work so I couldn't get back at ya till now.
Yes, D'Antoni's apparent lack of flexiility with regards to using his front line players on the bench cannot be good for the long road of this regular season. The problem is the D'Antoni's dog house is a catch 22 for those exiled. Can't get off the bench to develop in game time and get in game time due to D'Antoni's lack of confidence in developing needed frontline players by giving them PT even situationally.
Regarding the Melo drama, I'm with you about not giving up Fields. I'd prefere to say ta ta to Gallo but rumor has it that Knicks Mgt continues to be week in the knees in favor of coaches god son. Seems an offer for Melo was reported to included Fields, Chandler and Curry plus a 1st rounder or two the Knicks would acquire from flipping Randy.
I'd prefer to expedite Gallo so it might get D'Antoni to leave as well. Sorry that's just me. just Bloguin!
@Orange_and_Blue !st lets say the Nuggets are forced to become the Suckits.Their new GM is playing a dangerous game with Donne.He can't win if Carmella finally reveals there is no option but NY.Just like LB, his agenda was probably hidden from the get.That said what can Denver get?So they want to save themselves from their own stupidity in signing our own last year's free agent from NJ,plus Donnie always liked the guy, strangely besides his penchant for mistakes I kinda like him too, so him for Chandler and throw in Curry's contract.There's their cap relief.We might have to sign Chandler first.They might have some small interest in Danelo, but frankly I don't thinks so, maybe.They definitely want the two firsts, and possibly either Walker, Williams has too much history.Chauncy may be part of the deal for money purposes in exchange for Douglas.Of course a third team could come into play in some way, Donnie has that option.Danelo could be a huge problem because of D's personal connection.He may have to be worked around for management reasons.Will it happen, I think so.The Knicks are tottering at the abyss of no depth and D'onts need for wins to firm up a new contract, is resulting in another downward spiral.He's also doing a Duhon on Amare and Felton, they look like the nub on a public school kid's pencil.The league needs a successful team in NY, Stern clearly knows that.Carmelo is leaving, yup, getting on a jet plane.It's happened before with bigger players back since Curt Flood case."How you gonna keep'em down on the farm once they've seen gay Paree".LGK
@Tman From what I'm reading, the Thuggets, like fields and he might be someone who is offered in such a package. Gallo I have no problems seeing depart. Chandler is different but Melo scores his points more consistently and effortlessly both WIll and Gallo or slump prone.
However, the Thuggets are also interested in Bill Walker. So let's say, Walker, Gallo and or Will, Curry, flip Randy's contract into a number 1 pick to pair with one of NY's number 1 picks. Throw in Azubuike for more cap relief. I don't do that trade machine thing too much. So just blogging on the idea.
@Lives I agree with the spirit of your comment Lives. Yes, Prokhorov did safe face as A Dub and I would care to suggest. But also Prokhorov also boldy declared that he would not grovel for Melo's services, there is a line to be drawn and if Denver digs to deep into the morale and rebuilding process of his Nets then he will not chase that rabbit any further.
To an extent I, like you, will have to give Prokhorov his propers on this one.
There is a part of me that truly wished Dolan and Walsh would have taken such a stance instead of groveling before Dan Mowry of the Rockets and trading in ZBo and Crawford for pennies on the dollars, or acquiescing to hire a one dimensional coach b/c his style is so marketabel, even if it meant draft Gallo half asleep instead of a Brook Lopez or Eric Gordon.
Prokhorov may prove to be the better businessman, the race is not always given to the quick.
Well written Lives!