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Clusterfuck of the stars

Posted by keithosaunders on February 23, 2011

I remember when sports used to be fun.  You rooted for your team year in and year out and for the most part it had the same cast of characters — turnover was gradual.  Growing up in Los Angeles, come spring we could count on the Dodgers fielding an infield of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey.  In the fall we would look forward to seeing Jack and Jim Youngblood anchoring the Rams defense; a few years before that it was Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen.

These days it is rare to have a core group of players playing for the same team for a sustained period of time.  Recently we’re seeing a trend of high-profile players, who through collusion, or the desire to play for a championship team, have managed to find a way to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap and play for the same team. 

We’ve seen this for years with the New York Yankees and Boston Redsox.  Players such as Roger Clemens or David Cone would come to New York after denying trades to other teams in order to pick up their ring.  (the Yankees didn’t win a Series with Johnson, largely because he was terrible in the playoffs)

Last year, when Lebron James announced he was leaving Cleveland for South Beach, and Chris Bosh followed suit from Toronto, I said to myself, “this stinks on ice.”  How great would it have been had Lebron stayed in Cleveland and brought them to the promised land?  He would have been an all time hero.  Instead his ring will be reduced to the staus of foregone conclusion.

With yesterday’s blockbuster trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks we have a grouping of stars that is as puzzling as it is annoying.  Why would a team that is second in the league in scoring trade for another offensive player?  The Knicks can’t rebound and play defense — now they have mortgaged their future for a one-dimensional player who is anything but a proven winner. 

It turns out that last summer, at Anthony’s wedding, New Orleans Hornets point guard, Chris Paul, made a toast in which he suggested that he, Amare Stoudemire, and Anthony team up in New York.  Two thirds of that ring-seeking triumvirate are in place.   

Carmelo Anthony

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2 Responses to “Clusterfuck of the stars”

  1. Sherm said

    Mortgaged their future? I think you have it exactly backwards. This was about getting another bona fide scorer to build around in the future irrespective of the needs of this year’s team. True, this year’s team can’t rebound or play defense, but they’ll try to compliment Melo and Amar’e with guys who can over the next couple of years. Trading away young players and sacrificing cap space for guys who would fill the holes in this year’s team (rebounding and defense) would have been mortgaging the future. Clearly, the plan is to save cap space to add either Chris Paul or Deron Williams after next season and then get some cheap role players to defend and rebound. And lets not forget that Melo is a premier rebounding small forward as well.

    The only player of any value they gave up was Gallinari. Chandler is a restricted FA at the end of the year and they were not going to waste cap space resigning him. Randolph has no offensive game at all. Mozgov was a project with terrible hands. Felton is a nice player, but a dime a dozen point guard and only under contract for one more year (same as Billips). They gave Felton two years knowing that Paul and Williams would be free agents after 2011-12 season.

    • Sherm, that’s such a great comment. Your points are well taken. I was wondering if you would be OK with me using that comment as a post, using a link to your blog.

      It will be interesting to see how the Knicks fare against Miami’s D this Sunday. I just wonder if any Gallinari-coached team can win it all. At some point you have to play D.

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