Tuesday February 22, 2011
After months of speculation, the hunt for Carmelo Anthony is over. The winner of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes is…
The New York Knicks made a three team deal with Denver and Minnesota involving 12 players.
The Knicks also get: G Chauncey Billups, F Shelden Williams, G Anthony Carter, G Corey Brewer and F Renaldo Balkman.
The Nuggets get: F Wilson Chandler, G Raymond Felton, F Danilo Gallinari, C Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick, plus two second-round picks and cash.
The Timberwolves get: C Eddy Curry and F Anthony Randolph.
Anthony is expected to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Knicks. If all players traded report on time and pass physicals, Anthony’s first game with the Knicks will be Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. He and Billups join all star forward/center Amar’e Stoudemire to lead the Knicks into the postseason. What does this mean for the Knicks? Will they win championships? Will they even win this year?
Time for the magic man to take over!
The Knicks have a lineup ready to beat anyone, at least on paper. It takes work for a team to gel. Take Miami for example. It took them almost the entire first half of this season to become a formidable force. How long will the Knicks take to gel? It could be longer than anyone could think? Yet, if they gel quickly, then the sky’s the limit.
The Knicks suddenly became a contender and legitimate threat in the East. They are capable of pulling off playoff upsets and going to the NBA Finals. It would be the first NBA Finals appearance since 1999 against the San Antonio Spurs. However, it is unlikely the Knicks will make it this year. Boston is determined and built in every way possible to be the Eastern Conference’s representative in this year’s finals. Miami and Chicago can also make a run. Even Atlanta and Orlando can make claim to that spot.
Make no mistake, the future in New York just got brighter. The lights in Madison Square Garden, the cathedral of sports, are lit up a bit more than usual. Fans have never been this excited since the days of Patrick Ewing. The Knicks will be a threat down the line. Will they win an NBA Championship? Only time will tell…
Poll Question: Do you think the Knicks are built now to win, or do they need one more piece in the puzzle? Let me know by leaving a comment below on WordPress.com or Facebook.com. Take care, knuckleheads!
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