You should have already heard by now. Carmelo Anthony has gotten his wish and is now a New York Knickerbocker. The New York Knicks completed a three-team, 13-player trade with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday.
The Knicks also got guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter, and forwards Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams from Denver. New York dealt forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nuggets. Anthony joins fellow All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire in the frontcourt, giving the Knicks the potent duo they were so desperately seeking during this past summer’s free agency period.
Stoudemire, the Knicks leading scorer and rebounder has led the Knicks to a 28-26 record this season, but said Tuesday they will be even more dangerous bringing Anthony and his 25.2 points per game to add to his 26.1 average.
Now the question is: Whose team is it? Billups will do his job and shoot when he is needed. That’s the job of a Hall of Fame point guard. But now that we have two superstars making up their own Big Three on Broadway, whose team is it?
We had that same question about the Miami Heat when LeBron James defected from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat to join Dwayne Wade in South Beach. After two thirds of the season it is safe to say it is still Wade’s team by default. They have been up and down. They have shown long streaks of dominance. We all remember the LeWade’s going 15-1 and having an 11-game winning streak thrown in there somewhere.
At times Lebron and Wade haven’t looked good together, and at times they have been brilliant. But any given night either one of them could dominate, and we have seen stretches where Lebron was the big gamer and the same goes for D-Wade. Throw in the games where Chris Bosh was the dominant force, and we really don’t know whose team it really it is.
So being that the Heat play as a team and any of their Big 3 can bring it on any given night, we have to leave it as D-Wade’s team by default.
The question in New York is the same now that there is a Big 3 in New York. Whose team is it now that New York has acquired Anthony, a top-five talent and a future Hall of Famer?
Anthony outperformed Stoudemire in Carmelo and Chauncey’s debut at the Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks. Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 10 rebounds, hitting a pair of clutch buckets down the stretch as the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 on Wednesday night in his Knicks debut.
Anthony made only 10 of 25 shots but was at his best in the closing minutes, helping New York hold on after fellow superstar Amare Stoudemire fouled out.
Is Amare’s hold on the team as it’s leader and owner been transferred to Anthony? I hope not. I hope it turns out like the Miami Heat where any night one of the Big 3 will bring it without any animosity amongst each other as to who should have done what.
All the Knicks have to do is take a chapter out of the Boston Celtic’s book of unselfishness and chemistry, and learn from it. It is no one’s team. It is “our” team is all that should resonate throughout their locker room.
Then maybe we may be surprised by some post season magic.
The Knicks have 27 games left in the 2011 season. Let’s hope they get it together quick. They already have had an electrifying debut tonight driving their car.