Monday January 10, 2011
Welcome to a new sports year in 2011 sports fans! WE kick it off with an interesting landscape in basketball. The NBA has never been hotter in recent memory. The Lakers are vying for another three-peat in their history. The Celtics and Spurs are the best teams in the NBA. The Knicks look to regain their glory days with Amar’e Stoudemire. The Miami Heat want to become champions again! Even the Thunder is looking to make sure they are not a one hit wonder. Yet, the biggest storyline involves speculation with a deal that could be imminent.
Carmelo Anthony could trade Rocky Mountains for the murky swamp. The Denver Nuggets are close to trading Anthony to the New Jersey Nets in a three team deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Yahoo Sports (here’s the link with the story:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Asl4qpqOBe_07D5rD8Lk72K8vLYF?slug=aw-netspistonstalks010711). The Nets would acquire Anthony, Nuggets teammate Chauncey Billups and Pistons guard Richard Hamilton. They would also give up guard Devin Harris and forward Derrick Favors as part of the deal. That’s not all; the Nuggets are trying to unload Al Harrington as part of the deal, who is owed $28 million over the next four years. The Nets do not want his contract. Plus, Anthony released a statement saying a deal is NOT imminent and regrets Billups’ name coming up in the trade talks. Unlike Anthony, Billups wants to stay in Denver and finish his contract. Experience will tell you until a deal is done, it’s only speculation. That doesn’t mean we can wonder what if…
Time for the magic man to take over!
The Nets entered the season as a rebuilding team, not expected to shake the landscape of the NBA. They decided to let their neighbors from New York try after they failed to acquire LeBron James. Let’s not forget this wasn’t a part of their plan. They wanted to make an impact and believed James was their guy. After their failure, they decided to lie low, until now.
Anthony is a star in the NBA, but he doesn’t have the spotlight all stars crave. He gave it his best at Denver, but it wasn’t enough. This isn’t a case of LeBron, who could have, maybe should have won with Cleveland. He’s a star like Kevin Garnett, a great player in his position but needs help. Enter the Nets, who have the metropolitan area and the tools to take him to greatness. They even have the coach in Avery Johnson, who led the Mavericks to their last Finals appearance. Of course, they need time to gel. It could be faster than the Heat took to play as a team.
What do you think sports fans? Is Carmelo Anthony the star that the Nets have been waiting for? Or is this a deal that will never happen? Let me know your opinion, and I’ll see you next time.
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