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Not everyone in the mainstream thinks ‘Melo to the Knicks is a great idea.
If the Knicks get Anthony in an extend-and-trade before June 30, cap space for him is a non-issue; Anthony’s $18.5 million salary for next season would kick in. The issue would be having flexibility to put more pieces around Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — which is yet another item the short-sighted Melo-now crowd ignores.
In many ways, it would be more advantageous to Anthony and the Knicks to unite via free agency. For one, Walsh wouldn’t have to give up any pieces of a young nucleus that has shown promise at times this season. For another, a max free-agent deal that presumably will start a few million shy of the $18.5 million Anthony is on the books for next season would help the Knicks add to the roster over the next two years.
Which brings us to another fallacy in the Melo-mania that has engulfed New York. There are those blabbing on the radio, scribbling in print, and yakking away in taxicabs all over the city who believe the Knicks would be a championship-caliber team simply by pairing Anthony with Stoudemire — regardless of how many players they had to give up. These people are beyond hope.
Does the Post’s Marc Berman remind you of that guy that can’t help but talk about all his ex-girlfriends, even though everyone is already sick of hearing about them?
Thomas was asked point-blank by radio host Sid Rosenberg if he’s advising Dolan, specifically on Anthony.
“The conversations I have with any of my friends are always private and confidential,” Thomas said. “The conversations I have with friends and people that I know, those are private conversations.”
What higher form of journalism is there other than quoting sports talk radio? Harlan Schrieber of the well hidden HoopsAnalyst weighs in on the best SG debate:
1. Michael Jordan: Safely ensconced ahead of Kobe
2. Kobe Bryant: Vaulted Drexler a while ago but needs a remarkable few years still to get to MJ
3. Clyde Drexler: Always underrated, a truly great player
4. Dwyane Wade: This might be a little high so far but he is in the picture for second two guard of All-Time
5. Ray Allen: Model of consistency
6. Reggie Miller: Ditto
7. Manu Ginobili: Manu is better than both Allen and Miller but had a later start to his NBA career and might not catch them
8. Tracy McGrady: I know he’s been done for awhile but the first half of his career counts too. Was as good or better than Kobe until about 2004
9. Vince Carter: He earned some of the vilification in Toronto but was a legitimately great player
10. Allen Iverson: AI was a scoring machine but overrated since he fit so poorly in most schemes and was a real pain to coach most of the time.
I’d say that Kobe has zero chance in catching Jordan, and that T-Mac & Iverson would have to be dropped off the list. Mark Price seems to be a glaring omission. Not sure who would be my 10th guy though. Maybe Gervin who had some nice seasons late in his career.
I’d just like to share that I’m writing this at around 3 AM and Ronny Turiaf just played ping pong with his mom and is currently eating chicken and pasta with his dog. Twitter, guys.