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23 September 2017

Carmelo leaves NYC but I’m not Melo Collie about it

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Carmelo leaves NYC but I’m not Melo Collie about it

It’s been well documented on several episodes of Real Fans Real Talk that I wasn’t happy about the Melo trade to the Knicks years ago in the first place. I always said that we gave up too much and if he wanted to win in New York he should’ve signed as a free agent after the season. Instead the Denver Knickettes (as I call them since they took half the Knicks roster) started playing better and the Knicks started playing worse. Phil Jackson realized that Carmelo was a problem and was crucified in the media for it. So they fire Jackson and then take his advise by getting rid of Melo. SMH.

As far as the trade itself, I like Kanter. The Knicks needed a good big man even though I feel Hernan Gomez is going to develop into a better one down the road. McDermott is a decent player and I will just emphasize the word decent. When I ran track in high school they gave out awards and they gave out a plain white t-shirt to the guy in the middle of the rankings. Coach Vasquez of my high School Bishop Ford said it’s a plain white t- shirt because there’s nothing good about it, but there’s nothing bad about it either. McDermott deserves a plain white t-shirt.

On paper the trade favors OKC. I think Carmelo Anthony’s talent is worth more than Kanter and Mcdermott and a 2nd round pick. But this isn’t on paper and the Knicks wanted Melo out. There were countless times where I watched the Knicks play team basketball for 3 and a half quarters and then Melo started to play isolation and put the game in his hands. As much as Knicks fans were convinced by the media to hate Phil Jackson, they will thank him years from now for the influence that he had on getting rid of Melo.

So there’s another big 3 in the NBA now with OKC with the reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. As I said, you don’t win games on paper and for OKC it looks great on paper as many other teams have had in the past like the Lakers with Kobe, Gasol, Nash, and Dwight Howard a few years ago, but can they play together? Durant left OKC because he wasn’t winning there and Westbrook’s nickname was Chuckbrook. Melo is a chuck and George wants the ball as well. If this was NBA 2k they would be a great team to play with but in actual basketball there’s egos and selfishness and I don’t think they will play well together.

Now for the fun part of the blog. I will caption the featured photo of the blog.

Melo: “Like Mike, If I could be like Mike. I wanna be I wanna be like Mike”

Westbrook: Oh Melo has the ball. I kinda want the ball.

Kanter: This is called defense Melo have you heard of it?

Robinson: I hope statman mentions me in his blog one day

 

 

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