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Denver Nuggets sends Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks

As you know, I think Carmelo Anthony is one of the most overrated players in the NBA plus I think he is a drama queen. I find it laughable, that if the rumor is true that Isiah Thomas orchestrated the trade, that an owner would still rely on a person who was notorious for overpaying for players who thought they were better than they actually were. So New York gave up their whole team except for Amare Stoudamire. First off, I think this is an amazing tandem but, I think they are both second in command types. What I mean is that they are both Pippens with no Jordan, they are both Gausols with no Kobe, they are both LeBron James with no Dwyane Wade (a quick swipe at LBJ never hurts). Plus both are very childish volatile types who will quit when the going gets rough. The wildcard is Chauncey Billups who, despite his declining play, is a clutch player with a championship. Now for most smart players, I think Chauncey would serve as a mentor and a calming influence and clubhouse leader but I do not think Carmelo would defer to an older guy when Carmelo thinks so highly of himself. NY Knicks LogoSo when the going gets rough,I anticipate a lot of complaining and magnify that with a New York media frenzy and I think we have a recipe for disaster. Carmelo will get his money, which is his primary concern, and the New York Knicks will make the playoffs but they will not beat any of the top 3 teams in the East. They will, however, blame somebody or something else for their losing. I am not sure why New York did not just wait until the end of the season and get him for free, it does not make much sense to me but Isiah never did nor has Dolan. Read the full story

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Top 5 Best Basketball Players Ever

carmelo fight     The factors that go into this are a combination of public perception, salary, and actual play. So, obviously if a player thinks they are great, the public thinks they are great, and they really are not that good, but they only play for the veteran’s minimum then they are NOT overrated since they play for a low pay.Now take the opposite extreme of a player who nobody thinks is great, the player probably realizes he is not very good, and he makes around 20 million per year. This player is also not overrated. I tried not to penalize someone based on their injury status or history because that would cover too many people and really is not a reflect of talent i.e. Speedy Claxton

     5. Kevin Garnett: Definitely a talented player, I cannot deny that. Probably the most talented of this group. But keep in mind he is the highest paid player in the NBA and makes about $25 million per year. I would think a $25 million per year guy would be the floor leader and the clutch guy on the team but nope, that award goes to Pierce. He is scared to shoot in the 4th and will over pass. Just take a look at how he could only lead his team so far in Minnesota, then faked injury (up for debate) so he could force the owner into trading him to a “contender”, and then was magically healed once traded. I loose respect for all supposed stars who want to be traded to a contender. First off, if you are a star, you should make your team a contender. Secondly, if you didn’t demand so much money, maybe the team could get some stars to play around you.

     4. Chris Bosh: I feel sorry for whoever signs him to his upcoming max contract. It will be one of the biggest wastes of money that summer. There is not much to say about Bosh. He cannot lead a team, that much is obvious. He is not a true big man but more of a Jermaine O’Neal type who can only find a true home if he can play along a star.

     3. Vince Carter: He could be number one on this list. He perhaps brings the largest crowds to the arenas and definitely is one of the more athletic players in the league and at times he can really take over but he has show in Canada and said as much, that he does not always play hard. It did not really need to be said since it was obvious if you ever watch him play. The team he was on a couple years ago in New Jersey was top notch but he is also a guy who needs to play second fiddle. One good gauge to see if a person is second fiddler is by looking at players who really light it up and are clutch against much weaker opponents but who always seem to just miss when playing good opponents. Meet Mr. Carter.

     2. Shawn Marion: The ultimate stat stuffer. He gets a few boards, a few points, a few assists. What he doesn’t do is make a difference. He goes largely unnoticed and is probably not worth more than about $12 million a year. To make as much as Pierce and Dirk, its a shame this is allowed because I would take 1/2 of either one for all of Shawn. There is a reason teams are willing to trade him.

     1. Carmelo Anthony: The worst part about Carmelo is that he talks about himself interchanging himself with LeBron. The only thing they have in common is being in the same draft. Carmelo is currently not the best player on his team (that would be Chauncey Billups), not the most cerebral (Chauncey again), and not the most clutch (I’ll let you guess on this one). He is what I call a stat stuffer. His stats are always good but he needs a leader on the team to show him what to do and someone to take over at the end. Yeah I know he made a game winning shot against Dallas but I think (and I realize this is just a thought) that he thought they were going to blow the whistle which makes that shot 100x easier. In addition, his baby attitude of wining when he gets pulled, and a couple years ago, whining when he was supposed to go back in. He apologized after his mother told him to. Then we will never forget his backpedaling against a midget in a fight after a sucker punch. Add to that a cheap shot on Ginobili when they were about to lose the series in the first round and you have a spoiled baby. For all his talk and bravado, he is what I call a 2nd tier star. These are guys who get max contracts but need to play second fiddle on a team to succeed. He tops the list.

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It’s all in the spin: Kobe Bryant black mamba vs Dwight Howard

fisherGame 2 Rockets @ the Lakers.

     Derek Fisher throws a high elbow that he lines up and follows through with. First comment from Doug Collins: “This is a tough guy, one of the toughest in the league.” He went to talk about his veteran savvy. Basically he was justifying Fisher‘s cheapshot and almost glamorizing it. If the NBA follows their own rules, he should be out for the next game since he went high and it was premeditated. The part that amuses me is that Doug Collins should his hand. If it was say, Josh Smith, the first comment would have been: This guy just doesn’t get it. This type of play does not belong in basketball. But since it was Fischer, no such comment. Of course the NBA will not suspend him, god forbid they hurt the Lakers.

     Later on, Kobe elbows Ron Artest in the neck. A couple funny things on this one. First off, a foul on Artest was called. Second, Artest should have gotten a technical but it seemed odd that he was thrown out considering he did not challenge Kobe to a fight. Recall the Rondo throw of Hinrich. Hinrich got up and went after Rondo and challenged him to a fight. Hinrich did not get thrown out and I am not sure on this, but I do not think he even got a foul. This was similar to the Dwight Howard elbow. Kobe should be suspended but of course, that will not happen because the NBA cannot afford to upset Kobe and lose revenue. I thought they could use instant replay for fighting issues so I am not sure why they did not for this.

     More spin, read this article from Yahoo! Sports.

     This article implies Fisher just accidentally ran into Luis Scola and that there was no visible evidence of a Kobe elbow, just Artest saying it was so. More funny reading.

     The ESPN article is good too. If I just read this article I would think Fisher was an innocent bystander in the collision and took a hit just as hard as gave. Is it so hard to say Artest was upset after getting an elbow from Kobe in the neck instead of pretending that we don’t know if there was an elbow and we just know that is what Artest thinks happened.

     Doug Collins later in the 4th talked about how one of the Lakers did a good job of getting out of the circle and taking a charge. It was a key moment in the game that I think would have cut it to 6. As he was saying and presumably watching the replay, it showed he was not close to being outside the circle and it was a bad call. Collins perhaps tipping his hand again.

     For fun, lets look at a couple recent events to really see the inconsistency in the Stu Jackson and the NBA’s punishment system:

     1. Horry’s hipcheck of Nash vs Rondo’s throw of Heinrich.

     I personally think Rondo’s throw was worse because you can do more damage throwing somebody into a table WWE style vs hipchecking them. Like idiots Amare and somebody else ran straight to Horry. These were 2 separate incidences but running off the bench warrants an automatic 1 game suspension but was Horry’s hipcheck worth 2 games. I thought it was worth 1 but I think Stu felt pressure to make it 2. But if the Horry hipcheck was 2, shouldn’t Rondo’s WWE throw be worth at least 1. I would say 2 games if you want to come close to being consistent. Celtic bias perhaps, read on.

     2. Garnett shoves a ref aside against Atlanta last year in Round 1 as he tries to confront an Atlanta player. Should be an automatic suspension but Stu ignores it.

     3. When is the last time LeBron had a foul called on him?

     Rank these various offenses and then rank the penalties the look at the teams benefiting.

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Carmelo vs Lebron

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Carmelo & Lebron

Carmelo Anthony thinks he is one of the NBA elite. He often talks about himself and LeBron James as if they are equals in terms of talent. I often also hear the media talk about Carmelo as if he is trully one of the NBA elite.

Here is what I see:

I give him one big positive. He has shown he can win at some level. He lead Syracuse to a national championship in his rookie and only season there. That was impressive. Since then, he has shown to be a diva that lacks the killer instinct who is more worried about creating an impression than letting his play create it. Read the full story

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