This is an exciting time for New York Knicks’ fans.
While Carmelo Anthony, tries to position himself for a ring, Phil Jackson seems to look to do it like he’s done it in past and how the San Antonio Spurs just did it by not overpaying anyone, teamwork , good defense and a solid system.
If Anthony leaves so be it. He begged to come to New York. He forced out Jeremy Lin and Mike D’Antoni. He hurt the team and coach Mike Woodson all season with his opt out talk, while LeBron James led his team to the championship round never talking about his opt out position.
James, did it the right way this time, learning from “The Decision” hyperbole.
This time he just opted out, not begging for attention all season. He was focused and earned my respect.
Many changes will take place over the next few weeks after Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton were dealt to Dallas for Sam Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and a pair of second round picks.
This would be an excellent trade. Dalembert can man the center and Calderon is an upgrade over Felton. The triangle needs a point guard that can shoot. Calderon’s a career 41.1% 3-pt shooter (44.9% last year). The triangle operates best with point guards that can both pass and shoot. Calderon fits the Steve Kerr mode and Larkin offers a solid young backup.
Houston is talking of a James Harden- Anthony swap, with maybe Omar Asik, in the mix.
Then Asik will man the middle, he is young and strong and Harden can fill Michael Jordan’s scorer’s role in the triangle.
Now throw in the mix Iman Shumpert, who could be traded to either the Miami Heat or the Oklahoma Thunder for a draft pick.
Jackson will build a winner with or without Anthony. Anthony and CAA, held the Knicks and owner James Dolan hostage over the past two years. Those days are over.
Walt Frazier stated the money today is greater than just a ring. He believes Anthony should stay and take the extra 30 plus million New York can give him. I agree. Much will happen over the next few days, stay tuned.
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