In their attempt to build their own Big Three in order to compete with the three elite teams in the NBA, the New York Knicks traded a team for Melo and that Chauncey fellow.
The Knicks are in it to win it… sometime in the next few years. Although this year’s Knicks were a fun group of odd and exciting young characters, they were not going past the first month of the NBA playoff trimester.
So the Knicks looked to the future, when Wade will have no knee left and Garnett will be in a walker, and set their sights on a championship caliber Big Three in 2012.
The 13-player, 3-team shuffle brings the high-profile Carmelo Anthony as well as veteran point guard Chauncey Billups to the Knicks. Oh, and some other scrubs.
Carmelo will wear #7, to represent the number of months the trade was discussed before it actually happened.
The Denver Nugget executives seem disappointed to lose Billups in the trade… perhaps they should have read the trade deal past page two.
As a consolation, however, they get a four-pack of funk in Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov. If you’ve never heard of these guys, they’re the athletes formerly known as “the rest of the Knicks”.
Now the Knickerbockers, with Amar’e Stoudemire and now Carmelo Anthony and then, hopefully, Chris Paul (CP3), the Knicks can become one of the few elite teams in the overpopulated NBA.
Stoudemire says the Knicks will be “hard to guard” with ‘Melo joining him in New York. Likely because of all the dollars the two will be able to throw in the face of whoever is defending them… oh wait, there’s no defense in the NBA. Amar’e must have meant “hard to bodyguard” or something.
Mayor Bloomberg immediately jumped on the Carmelo bandwagon.
“This is where the best and brightest are, and I think it’s going to be very exciting at the Garden,” Bloomberg said Tuesday.
By “brightest”, he means “highest paid” and by “very exciting” he means, “sucks to be you, Jersey!”
Ironically, ‘Melo said the move makes him feel, “a mile high.”
ESPN would’ve reported that, but it wasn’t a tweet.