The last big superstar chip fell over the weekend when Carmelo Anthony signed off on getting traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. We now have another contending superstar driven big 3, and the end of a relationship where both sides can now exhale.
In 7 years as the face of the New York Knicks and that media market that follows along with it, the tenure did not exceed expectations. Only twice did they make the playoffs, a 1st round exit in 200, and a dissapointing 2nd round knockout the year after. Other than Melo’s 200 scoring title, that’s all the entertainment on the court that as provided.
We don’t need to rehash all the off court issues between coaches, gm’s, and everything else in between. In fact, let’s just move forward. Neither the Knicks or Melo feel bad that they are no longer an item, they actually are both better off without each other.
Each side also isn’t stuck in purgatory. Anthony, paired with better teammates like Paul George and Russell Westbrook, will have his 1st legitimate title shot since he was on the Nuggets.
— Brian Brinkley (@BrianBrinkleyOK) September 25, 2017
The Knicks on the other hand can fully embrace a tank, while also building around Kristaps Porzingis. Returns of Enes Kanter, Doug “Dougie McBuckets” McDermot, and a 2nd round pick are alright, but it’s the best they could really get if they wanted to dump this contract.
Remember, Carmelo had to give approval of any trade the would be made, so the Knicks were behind the barrel of a shotgun weeding here. They weren’t going to get any great picks unless someone royally screwed, they will have to earn a top draft pick by their own doing.
Carmelo Anthony is at the OKC #Thunder scrimmage wearing a sleeveless hoodie under his jersey 😭
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 1, 2017
As far as the Thunder go, well, I’m a firm believer of seeing a new team play together on the court before making a decision. All that being said, realistically an educated guess would say that they are right on par with the Houston Rockets and their superstar tag team.
That leaves the Golden State Warriors still as the team to beat……….
Right below them as well you have the Spurs, Timberwolves, and Clippers gnawing at your ankles. Damn, the Western Conference is tough.
Either way, the Thunder are far better off now than they were a seasons ago, the same goes for the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony.
Normmally a breakup to a star of this magnitude can get pretty ugly or nasty like Kyrie and LeBron, but this one looks to be fairly mutual to all. Everyone has a fresh start.
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