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Carmelo Anthony Returning Home to New York Knicks? He’s From Baltimore

Much like statistics, it’s amazing how much the truth can be manipulated in the interest of marketing. You’ve probably seen the TV commercial that was running all throughout the week leading up to Melo’s first game as a New York Knick — it was called “coming home.” It was an over-the-top production that actually worked, generating absurdly high ratings for his Knicks debut against the Bucks.

This whole week for Carmelo Anthony was about him returning home to New York to play for the Knicks. That’s left me confused because I always thought Melo was a Baltimore guy.

Though he was born in Brookyln, I’ve read that he moved to B-More when he was seven. When people in Baltimore talk about Melo, they say “We’re so proud of Carmelo here. Everybody talks about him all the time. He’s a hero.” Melo is considered an athlete who made it out of the rough areas on Myrtle Street.

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Source: Carmelo Anthony Traded to the New York Knicks

Just when it looked like the New Jersey Nets were a lock to acquire Carmelo Anthony in the blockbuster trade of the year, the New York Knicks swept in and made the Nuggets an offer worth accepting.  Sources told the Denver Post on Monday night that an Anthony to New York is completed.  Here is the framework of the alleged deal:

Knicks get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Nuggets get: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two future Warriors’ second round picks, and $3 million in cash.

New York was said to be stern with its initial offer, which didn’t include Mozgov, either of the Warriors’ picks, or cash.  Obviously the Knicks knew they had to make the deal and they weren’t about to lose it over a couple of late draft picks.

If reports of New Jersey’s offer were accurate, we have to assume the deal fell through because Anthony had no interest in playing for the Nets.  The trade included Derrick Favors and four first-round picks and was said to be contingent upon Anthony agreeing to a contract extension, which obviously didn’t happen.  He also referred to Mikhail Prokhorov as “that guy” and denied that there was any meeting set to take place between he and Nets team executives.

Meanwhile, Amare Stoudemire and Anthony have accomplished two-thirds of their goal.  At Carmelo’s wedding over the summer, the two reportedly discussed forming their own Big 3 with Chris Paul in the future.  The third piece could end up being Deron Williams, but there is no denying the Anthony deal makes the Knicks immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference.

Carmelo Anthony Nets Trade Includes Derrick Favors, Four First-Round Picks

Mikhail Prokhorov could be the world’s biggest Carmelo Anthony fan.  We all know the Nets need to make some sort of huge splash in order to become a contender, but is it worth wagering their entire future for one player?  Anthony may be one of the NBA’s best players, but who could blame the Nuggets for trading him away with what New Jersey is offering?

In order for the trade to be finalized Anthony must agree on the three-year, $65 million extension the Nets are offering.  Reports have surfaced stating that Anthony and Prokhorov are scheduled to meet during All-Star Weekend, but Carmelo said there is “no meeting at all” and talk of one is “news to (him).”  Of course, it would be foolish to rule out the Knicks regardless of how far along the talks are between New Jersey and Denver.

If the deal goes through, here is a look at what each team would get:

Nets get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely, and Renaldo Balkman
Nuggets get: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and four first-round picks.

Man, that’s a ton of first round picks.  The Nuggets would lose two of their best players but they would also have an infinite amount of resources to use toward rebuilding.  Two first round picks every season for four years can yield plenty of talent.  Favors may not have worked out as planned just yet, but he was a third overall pick for a reason.  Harris is known to score points in bunches.  Anthony is the definition of a franchise player, but I’m just not sure any player is worth that type of king’s ransom — especially one who takes his hat off to himself and rocks shades during interviews like a clown.

Carmelo Anthony Rocks Sunglasses During ESPN Interview, Eazy-E Approves

Here I was thinking Carmelo Anthony repped Baltimore, only to find out he was really just straight outta Compton. Maybe this is his way of showing he wants to play for the Miami Heat, because he’s taken LeBron James’ spot as most unlikable figure in the NBA. Seriously, between this sunglasses interview on ESPN and his previous third person reference over the weekend, he’s certainly putting himself in lone ranger territory.

Pic via The Sports Hernia, who was right on top of the Eazy-E reference as well

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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