Done Deal

Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 17:59 | Category : NBA
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Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks, All-Star Game

Together at last.

Well it finally happened, Carmelo is going to New York.  I thought this would mean we could all move on with our lives, but talk on the Knicks pursuing Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or Dwight Howard in 2012.  I wish we could just focus on this season and let the players play for their teams.

Real quick, I just want to put in my two cents.  Denver probably did the right thing by avoiding losing Anthony for nothing.  They are saving quite a bit of money and it sounds like they’re far from done with the trade market.  They have some good young pieces to build around and/or trade along with two draft picks.  Melo and Billups are better than Felton and Gallinari, but I wonder if they fit better in Dantoni’s system.  Coach Karl had problems with Billups not pushing the ball enough, so what will Dantoni do with him?  I also wonder if New York gave up too much.

If you want a look at the trade I plugged it into the trade machine.  As for me, I’m anxious to move on and see what other trades go down.  What do you think, was this a good trade?  Or are you just happy it’s over with?

No Go for Noah!

Friday, 10 September 2010, 17:46 | Category : NBA
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Ever since word got out that Chicago was on the short list of teams Carmelo Anthony would want to play for, the Bulls have been looking for ways to make their new and improved team even better.

Chicago has some legit pieces to through in a package (an atheletic Luol Deng to replace Melo, some young talent, and even draft picks), but Denver is thinking bigger than that.  In order to compete with the two-time defending champions, the Lakers, everybody know you need some legit size.  Denver’s frontline has been struck with health issues.  If they’re going to lose Melo, they need to upgrade down low.

He may not be pretty, but he gets the job done.

He may not be pretty, but he gets the job done.

The Bull’s center, Joakim Noah, brings size and one of the best young centers in the league.  He isn’t a scoring machine, but he brings size, rebounding, shot blocking, defense, toughness, and passion.  He’s the kind of player that’s not afraid to get in LeBron’s face and tell him to shut up and stop his silly antics on the floor.  What more could you ask for?

If Chicago wants to for its own “Big 3,” then they need to make a trade without Noah work or just wait.  The Bulls will already have a good team for the next several years, no need to go jeopardizing it now for a shot at the fast track.

Without Noah, the Bulls will lose so much of what has made them who they are today.  Much of why people want to go there is because of him.  Boozer has proven he can’t (or won’t) play defense, but playing alongside Noah (as opposed to softy, Mehmet Okur) their team can be successful.  Noah is the only difference this team has from the Utah Jazz teams of the last several years.  If Melo really wants to play in Chicago, then he can come as a free agent next year.

Basically, don’t do it, Chicago!  Some sacrifices just aren’t worth it.  Do you think Melo is worth losing Noah?

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