Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Man is in Manhattan!
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Knicks fans can rejoice as Carmelo Anthony is now the man in Manhattan. Alongside all-star power forward Amare Stoudemire, Anthony is bringing his talents to the Big Apple. New York parted ways with point guard Raymond Felton, Danilo Galinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mosgov, a 2014 first round pick along with future picks and cash considerations. In addition to Mr. Anthony the Knicks receive point guard Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Ronaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter from Denver. The Knicks also swung a trade with Minnesota swapping Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and three million in cash in exchange for shooting guard Corey Brewer.
The combination of Stoudemire and Anthony forge a superb frontcourt duo, with each player able to shoulder the scoring load any given night. An unheralded piece of the trade is Chauncey Billups a consummate professional and proven winner, earning a title with the Pistons in 2004 along with seven conference finals appearances. Billups brings toughness, composure and clutch play; attributes which are flying under the radar as Carmelo Anthony’s arrival captures New Yorker’s attention.
The Knicks paid a heavy price for Anthony and Billups, gutting their starting roster, shrinking cap space while forgoing future draft picks. The concern remains whether New York will have the financial means to fill out their roster with an additional star ala Deron Williams or Chris Paul along with some complimentary players. That remains to be seen, but New York can hold claim to arguably the most powerful one-two punch league wide. "The City That Never Sleeps" is giddy with anticipation as Carmelo Anthony makes his Knicks debut Wednesday night at 7PM when the Knicks play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
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