Carmelo Anthony: I Take My Hat Off to Myself for Dealing With All This Stuff

It was only a matter of time.  With all the trade rumors swirling and fans chanting Carmelo Anthony’s name in desperation that their team makes a push to acquire the all-star, he was bound to turn d-bag on us.  When 17-player deals and defending NBA champions are involved, that tends to happen.

What Anthony has been able to do despite the distraction is certainly impressive.  He has averaged over 40 points per game over his last three, so obviously his head has somehow remained in the right place.  However, people in America tend to look down on those who pat themselves on the back.  You’re supposed to let other people do that for you, hence why we don’t like when certain people offer to “take their talents” certain places.

“I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis,” the Denver forward said about the trade rumors via NBA Fanhouse. “I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that’s going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don’t think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don’t think that.”

What a modest guy.  All that stuff Anthony said is true, but it just doesn’t sound right when you say it about yourself.  That is precisely the reason LeBron has become one of the most hated athletes in America — he states the obvious about himself and people don’t like that.  Congratulations, Carmelo — you’re now a member of one of the most prestigious clubs in professional sports.

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Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers Could Mean Many Future Championships

Carmelo Anthony made it clear over the summer that he wants out of Denver and that he won’t sign a contract extension with the team. As a result, the Nuggets have reportedly been discussing a potential trade all season long. We’ve heard about 17-player deals that never materialized, a four-team trade that was supposed to go down, yet Melo is still in Denver and dropping 50 points in a game. On Tuesday, things changed when word emerged that the Nuggets were talking with the Lakers about a potential trade that would involve Andrew Bynum.

If the Denver Nuggets trade Carmelo Anthony to the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA has no hope of crowning a new champion. Miami? Done. Boston? Not a chance. San Antonio? Remember the Alamo, because it might bring a semblance  of solace. Imagine Kobe Bryant running the wing opposite one of the only players in the world who is as prolific in all-around offense. Then you have Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, two of the biggest match-up nightmares in the league, combined with a five-time champion point guard in Derek Fisher. Haters can hate all they want, but even if the Lakers declined to take the court on defense they would still be able to waltz into the Western Conference Finals.

The Knicks are waiting too long in the gun fight to draw their pistol, and it seems that the Lakers are a dangerous horse in the race. And essentially, all they would have to give up is an injury-prone (albeit talented) center in Andrew Bynum to a team who already has a quality center in Nene. LA has grown somewhat accustomed to life without Big Drew, so trading him would be just like losing him to injury for the season, a scenario they have already faced in 2007-08 when they STILL made the NBA Finals.

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Jason Kidd Advises Carmelo Anthony to Stay in Western Conference

It seems like there’s a new twist to Carmelo Anthony’s situation on a daily basis. Last week it was the New Jersey Nets saying they had dropped out of the running to acquire the All-Star in a trade. Before that there were rumors of a 17-player deal in the works, and since then it’s been anyone from the Pistons to the Knicks to the Warriors who might get included in a potential deal. Frankly, I’ve had enough of the daily rumors and made a commitment to ignore the story until Melo is actually moved. But there is one aspect of the story I cannot ignore.

Over the weekend, New York reporter favorite Jason Kidd was in town for Dallas’ game with New Jersey. Not only did he explain that he doesn’t consider Newark a free agent destination, implying that they better get moving with their departure for Brooklyn, but he also gave advice for Carmelo Anthony.

“If I was his adviser, I wouldn’t want him to go East, but if he wants to go back home to New York or if the closest he can get is New Jersey, then you wish him the best. But you look at the Eastern Conference, there’s some talent over on this side.”

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Carmelo Anthony Trade Makes Little Sense for Any Team, Nets Included

Russian billionaire and owner of the New Jersey Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, said on Wednesday night that the Nets are no longer pursuing a trade that would bring Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey. Whether or not that was a negotiating ploy to scare Denver into making a deal remains to be seen, but we’re advising against New Jersey making a deal unless they’re assured he will sign a contract extension. The Nets and Nuggets had been in discussions for months, reportedly nearly reaching a deal that would have included the Detroit Pistons and up to 17 players.

Anthony has made it known that he only wants to play for the Knicks. The Nuggets reportedly don’t like what the Knicks have to offer, though recently Knicks GM Donnie Walsh said he believes he can acquire multiple first-round picks from other teams to send to Denver. The Nuggets presumably would also get Landry Fields, Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler, and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry as part of deal. But this presents a problem; the team would be significantly weakened just to bring him in, making them less of a contender, and therefore less appealing.

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Carmelo Anthony at the Center of 17-Player Trade Talks, Nets Going All in

The New Jersey Nets’ interest in working out a deal with the Denver Nuggets for superstar forward Carmelo Anthony is old news, but The New York Post is now reporting that the deal could include up to 17 players plus an undisclosed quantity of draft picks. The deal would also include the Detroit Pistons and would involve the largest number of players in any deal in NBA history.

The previous record was 13, but that trade involved five teams — the Heat, Grizzlies, Hornets, Celtics and Jazz — in 2005. The centerpiece of that deal was Antoine Walker, who went from Boston to Miami. Walker played only three more seasons in the NBA, averaging 9.5 points per game over that span. He’s currently in the NBA’s D-League and doesn’t seem to be having an easy go at it.

The question that remains unanswered is why is any team other than the Knicks willing to give up young talent and future draft picks for Anthony when it’s well-documented that he wants to play in New York? Carmelo has a three-year $65 million offer on the table from the Nuggets, but refuses to sign it. The Nets are reportedly willing to give up Devin Harris and Derrick Favors — two young and extremely talented players.

New Jersey isn’t going to compete for anything this year even with Anthony, and if he leaves after this season they would be left with basically nothing. The Nets are reportedly trying to prevent the Knicks from getting Anthony, though I’m not sure why. This isn’t a Red Sox-Yankees or Celtics-Lakers type rivalry. It’s not a rivalry at all. The Nets are horrible and the Knicks are middle-of-the-pack in the East. The trade doesn’t make any sense for New Jersey.  They should keep their players and draft picks and prepare for the long-term, because it’s doubful Carmelo Anthony will be a part of it regardless.

Carmelo Anthony Rumored Trade Analysis

Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony wants out of Denver and has been pushing for a trade for the past few months. Multiple news outlets are reporting there is a four-way trade on the horizon that could send Melo to New Jersey. The teams involved in the potential trade include the Nuggets, Nets, Bobcats, and Jazz. Here is some analysis on the potential four-way deal.

Nets: Receive Carmelo Anthony, one of the top players in the league, and easily the centerpiece of the deal. Nets want him to agree to a contract extension before giving away assets to get him. He would team with Brook Lopez and prepare for the team’s eventual move to Brooklyn, New York. They would have to give up point guard Devin Harris, first-round pick Derrick Favors, and first-round picks in 2011 and 2012. It would be worthwhile — players like Melo are extremely difficult to come by. Thin at the point guard spot, the Nets also want D.J. Augustin from Charlotte but the Bobcats reportedly are reluctant to include him in the deal.

Nuggets: Get Derrick Favors from the Nets, Andrei Kirilenko from the Jazz, and first-round picks in 2011 and 2012. While AK47 has talent and is strong defensively, he is injured frequently and is limited offensively. Favors was selected highly but I didn’t see enough out of him in college to believe he’ll be much of an offensive force in the pros. He could be a good rebounder and defensive player. This trade would be the beginning of the end of Denver’s successful run.

Bobcats: They would receive PG Devin Harris from New Jersey and give up Boris Diaw. Charlotte fans would have to love the dynamic scoring ability Harris could bring to the club. They’d be reluctant to part with Augustin, but he doesn’t stack up well with Harris who is a superior player. Still, the two-for-one might be more than Charlotte wants to surrender for an injury prone point guard. If Augustin were included in a trade, they would probably receive a trade exception because the salaries don’t match up.

Jazz: They wouldn’t have to pay the final year of AK47′s monster deal in which he receives $17 million. In exchange, they get Boris Diaw and the $18 million he is owed the next two years. Quinton Ross has been mentioned as a throw-in from the Nets, although he could also go to Denver.

Rumors Sell Tickets, Just Ask the Knicks

It’s not often that speculation can cause a season ticket sell-out, but that’s exactly what’s happened with the New York Knicks. We already told you how Madison Square Garden stock was soaring as a result of LeBron James rumors, and now CNBC has informed us that the Knicks have sold out their season tickets.

New York sold more than 3,400 season tickets before July 8th — the night of “The Decision” — so obviously the King James buzz had a huge impact. The Amare Stoudemire signing was supposedly responsible for the rest of the tickets being sold, but I think it’s safe to say the sailor suit-wearing Stoudemire wouldn’t have caused a sell-out without a little remaining hope that LeBron planned on joining him. What many are forgetting, however, is that the sell-out probably would have occurred one way or another, thanks in large part to Chris Paul and the Carmelo Anthony wedding.

According to the New York Post, Paul toasted to he, Anthony, and Stoudemire forming their “own Big 3″ in the near future. Fans have a tendency to believe anything a player says, so when all is said and done I believe the Knicks would have sold out with or without the belief that LeBron James would venture to the Big Apple. If “super teams” are the future of the NBA, and it’s starting to look like they are, I see no reason these three can’t form the core of the next one. If I were a Knicks fan and heard the news about CP3′s toast, I’d have run out and bought a season ticket anyway.

Knicks Sell Out Of Season Tickets [CNBC]
Paul toasts Knicks’ future dream team with Stoudemire, Anthony [NY Post]