I think if Carmelo Anthony tried a little harder and had the cooperation of the teams involved, he could have become more annoying than LeBron James was in the days leading up to the Decision. It was headed that way for me, and considering Carmelo is no LeBron, that’s saying quite a lot. This whole process went on long enough for me to have no choice but to form an opinion. Of course, since Melo’s final destination is with the Knicks, I hope he fails miserably. Everything I would have to offer in way of an opinion about this deal I already said in the post about Anthony’s possible trade to the Nets. It’s all the same except the Knicks have fans and actually play in New York. Other than that, Carmelo still isn’t going to win a title any time soon, Denver is still screwed, and go back to your regularly scheduled programs.
I will say it is a relief that the Knicks got their man even if they still might not be better than the 4th best team in the East? I’d hate for the upscale NY fans, the Giants/Yankees/Knicks conglomerate to suffer the indignity of losing a player to the Nets. At least Cliff Lee chose a contender. At least Andy Pettitte retired. But, Newark? That would have hit home, especially after they couldn’t lure LeBron over the summer. Maybe if they had gotten Carmelo first then LeBron would have felt comfortable being a Knick? Is LeBron/Melo/Amare better than LeBron/D-Wade/Bosh? Maybe we can find out in a couple of years if all these guys decide as a group to switch teams again.
You know what might be a real positive to take from all this concentration of talent? I think contraction might be right around the corner. If a couple more star players get sucked onto these mega-teams that are developing in Miami, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, OKC, etc., then it is going to be harder and harder to run a team in Memphis. There is still a team in Memphis, right? Or the Hornets, or Bobcats, or any other of these teams that people don’t care about. Maybe when Chris Paul goes wherever, during the whole process of him being wooed, while everyone is distracted, David Stern can pull the plug on about four teams. Hey, it’d be a start.