I've never been more excited to see the meaningless date of February 24th come and go. I am so tired of the spectacle that NBA players put on about being traded. Whatever happened to the days when a team was a team and when a trade happened it rocked the boat. When did the NBA become such a prime time drama series? And what is the deal with teams completely changing their roster midway through the season?
In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm currently talking about Carmelo Anthony. The most ridiculous part about this to me, is how him and Amare keep saying they wanted and are excited to be playing on the "big stage". Since when has the New York Knicks been the big stage? I'll tell you when, when we were just little visions in our teenage parents minds. Who really cares about the Knicks? Anyone? Do you really think they are championship contenders? I understand that everyone at some point in their lives wants to go "home", I respect that portion of Melo's predicament. But the 65 million dollars for three years? Is Melo really worth 21.6 million dollars a year? I don't think so.
I understand that in the end this will probably be the best thing for the Nuggets since they actually got something for him, instead of him just walking away in a few months. I feel bad for Chauncey Billups, so Melo could be home he got torn from his home so close to retirement. I'd be livid if I was him. I still am just not a big fan of these team shattering trades. I still have reservations about the Magic deal.
To switch gearsfor a second, I do believe the Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas was the right idea. I do not believe we should have done the Suns portion. We should have done the Lewis trade and see how things faired. Vince Carter was about done anyways, Pietrus was such and energy bringer, and Gortat was a huge piece to the Magic's puzzle that is still missing. I was watching SportsCenter yesterday and they were saying how the Magic were one of the teams looking for a 'big' that would probably never find one until draft day. My blood boiled because we had a PHENOMENAL 'big' that we just gave away. I love Hedo and it's great to have him back but come on.
So who's next? What team is going to completely switch up their roster. It's like in college basketball when they put in the "blue team" (subbing five guys for five guys). Except these "blue teams" are teams changing and life changing for the players. Oh, and as if things like this didn't fire me up enough I was reading an article on ESPN.com and LeBron was quoted as saying "The other teams are trying to compete with us and I think that is great." What a self-centered, egotistical man. I still say I hope his career ends with a non life threatening groin injury, he loses all his investments and endorsements, and he has to live the rest of his life off of his "education". We'll see how that goes.
We have just a few more hours to hold our breaths and see what happens next. Whatever happens though, I will respect more than any Knicks/Heat drama because at least there isn't a three-ring circus following it.
*pics taken from sportsgak.com and sportsnickel.com