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Carmelo and the Knicks

JASON CLINKSCALES: The Carmelo Anthony talk has annoyed some, but that’s because they see some similarities to the LeBron James hype and eventual departure to Miami. However, there are very few commonalities between the two. Anthony has said very little compared to James and here wasn’t nearly the frothing at the mouth or silly customized jerseys for the Denver Nuggets forward as for the former Cleveland Cavalier.

AKIE BERMISS: I was born under a star-crossed sign! Mercury was in retrograde! I was cursed by an evil warlock for the heroic deeds of my father! Well, it was something like that at least, because all my life I’ve been Knicks fan. And that can mean only one thing: constant, inexorable suffering. When we had Patrick Ewing back in the 90s, we spent every spring being the foil for the likes of Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller. No matter how cohesive the team was, how stifling the defense, or how triumphant the 4th-quarter comebacks were, we always wound up losing. Missing out. Just barely getting a whiff of what it would be like to be champions. And every time, we fell short. Fast forward to 2011: we’re having a pretty good year, Amar’e Stoudemire has brought up back from the brink of utter Isaiah-Thomas-ness (our name for Perdition), and all-in-all things are starting to look up. Then, there came word that Carmelo Anthony was strongly considering playing for New York. Continue reading

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The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony

KIYAN SOBHANI: Can the New York Knicks obtain Carmelo Anthony without giving up an important piece? The answer is yes. No matter who you ship off on the Knicks roster (besides Amar’e) for Melo you’re significantly improving that team. Randolph never really was that impressive for the Knicks. If the Knicks can get Melo playing alongside Amar’e and Felton they instantly become a contender.
MIKE SILVA: Although the thought of pairing Amar’e Stoudemire with Carmelo Anthony is enticing, it can’t be done at the expense of gutting the roster. After ten years of a rudderless ship, the Knicks appear to be headed in the right direction with a young roster full of intriguing upside. That is why I am a proponent of Donnie Walsh monitoring the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but not trading either Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph. In my opinion the waiting game works in the Knicks favor. Continue reading

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The Four-Team NBA Trade

BRAD GOLDBACH: The best trades may involve two stars switching places, but when it comes to interest, not much can beat a four-team five-player trade. It’s like the NBA’s version of Russian Roulette. Basically, everyone got something they needed, but at the cost of potentially killing themselves in the long-run.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Can you blame the Nets for just wanting to be a part of something like this? I mean, really, all they have now is an intriguing (if not insane) owner and the claim that they’re sort of in New York. They might as well get their name attached to something this unique. Continue reading

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Moving the Dodgers: Blame Moses or O’Malley?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I have heard all the revisionist arguments. I know what a difficult man Robert Moses was, thanks in ridiculously fantastic detail from Robert Caro. I understand getting the stadium he wanted was difficult, and that poor Walter O’Malley would have had to settle for free land and a free stadium in Queens.

It is still unconscionable that O’Malley moved the Dodgers clear across the country.

JASON CLINKSCALES: Howard carries on an understandable grievance on behalf of those before us who saw Dem Bums as the progressive, community-knit team that wore their colors proudly for the borough. However, 53 years after the Brooklyn Dodgers went west with Harlem’s New York Giants, the idea of Walter O’Malley’s greed and only his greed being the reason for the move is a bit unfair as New York City’s “master builder”, construction czar Robert Moses played a significant role as well. Continue reading

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