Inside Pulse » Carmelo Anthony http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:08:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Carmelo Anthony http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com McFarlane SportsPicks NBA Carmelo Anthony Collector’s Club Exclusive Revealed http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/10/mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-carmelo-anthony-collectors-club-exclusive-revealed/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/10/mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-carmelo-anthony-collectors-club-exclusive-revealed/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:40:08 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=285780 Along with the new In Package Images of NBA Series 20, McFarlane has also revealed a St. Patrick’s Day Uniform version of New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony. The figure will be released in February.

For more, check out McFarlane’s Collector’s Club
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In Package Images of McFarlane SportsPicks NBA Series 20 http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/09/in-package-images-of-mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-series-20/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/09/in-package-images-of-mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-series-20/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 19:04:02 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=285646 Here are the latest images of NBA Series 20. Check out the in package shots, as well as the Collector Level figures. These are due out in stores in February.

-Carmelo Anthony 4 (New York Knicks)
-Kobe Bryant 6 (Los Angeles Lakers)
-Kevin Durant 2 (Oklahoma City Thunder)
-Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)
-Derrick Rose 2 (Chicago Bulls)
-Dwyane Wade 3 (Miami Heat)
-John Wall (Washington Wizards)

COLLECTOR LEVEL
ALL-STAR: Blake Griffin (West All-Star Team Uniform)
GOLD: Dwyane Wade 3 (El Heat Uniform)
SILVER: Kevin Durant 2 (White Uniform)
BRONZE: Derrick Rose 2 (Black Uniform)
BRONZE: Kobe Bryant 6 (Purple Uniform)
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NBA Christmas Day Thoughts: Boston Celtics at NY Knicks http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/26/nba-christmas-day-thoughts-boston-celtics-at-ny-knicks/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/26/nba-christmas-day-thoughts-boston-celtics-at-ny-knicks/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:00:01 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=284054 Celtics 104 – NY Knicks 106

 

It seems an awful lot like the Knicks are going to be a schizophrenic team this year.  They played best, by far, in the second and fourth quarters, with Carmelo quarterbacking their attack, for others in the second, and for himself in the fourth.  This seems logically, as he’s essentially playing point forward, but then one looks at the fact that the defense was really only effective when playing off the offense and it gets confusing.  Tyson Chandler did an outstanding job with 6 blocks and changing numerous other shots, but the Celtics got by the Knicks porous perimeter defense far too easily and frequently.  It wasn’t even Melo or, really, Amare being beat (excepting a quick drubbing by Brandon Bass), though Paul Pierce not playing had a lot to do with that, but the guards porous play causing issues with help and rotations.  Still, with the starters in the offense looked elite level, especially when noting they were playing the vaunted Celtics defense, and team defense takes time to learn.  The effort was there, but the results were not.

 

 

The Celts, meanwhile, aren’t going to run into that offense every night and their defense should be fine, although the loss of Paul Pierce and Jeff Green really screws up their rotation at the 3.  Sooner or later, however, that will work itself out, and the Celts should still find themselves in the playoff hunt pending the play of Rajon Rondo.  With all due respect to Carmelo, Rondo was the best player on the court Sunday afternoon.  He controlled the game on offense and defense the way few can.  If he’s able to score at this rate with any consistency, he’s immediately a top ten player and immediately back in the best PG in the game conversation with Paul and Rose.  He’s that kind of defender and distributor.  All that’s keeping him out is a lack of shot and aggressiveness consistency.  If he has it all year, Boston is going to be very, very tough to beat.

 

  • Iman Shumpert looked absolutely great, getting to the rim at will against a tough defense.  If he gets better at shooting and finishing, and I’d guess the Celts help D had a lot to do with those close-in misses, it’s not hard to see him taking big minutes and maybe even the starting spot by year’s end.  He’s a 6’5 athletic freak.  If he can distribute at all, he gives the Knicks a huge defensive advantage.

 

  • Toney Douglas didn’t look good and the injury to Shumpert means that he’s the entire point guard rotation with a hurt Mike Bibby and Baron Davis.  The Knicks really need someone on a ten-day to survive the next stretch.

 

  • Josh Harrelson doesn’t look like an NBA rotation player yet.  Good effort, but there’s no reason all his minutes aren’t going to Jared Jeffries right now.

 

  • Amare Stoudemire cannot take only 11 shots when Toney Douglas takes 19.  Tyson Chandler needs to be more involved in the offense than 2-shots.  That’s just unacceptable

 

  • The Celtics badly need to upgrade Sasha Pavlocic and Marquis Daniels on the wings if Paul Pierce is going to miss any time.  I’m not even sold on Sasha as a rotation player.

 

  • Kevin Garnett, jump shooter at large, doesn’t help the Celtics nearly as much as it hurts them.  Pick and pop?  Maybe.  From 20-feet out?  No.  I don’t get why KG’s gorgeous post-moves are so dependent on athleticism.

 

  • Brandon Bass looks like a golden pickup for this squad.  His pick and pop game with Rondo and nose for the offensive glass are perfect with this team.  He’s going to make up for a lot of what the Celtics miss offensively with the second unit and can easily close games with the first unit a-la Big Baby.

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10 Thoughts on the New York Knicks in 2011-2012 (NBA Season Preview) http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/19/10-thoughts-on-the-new-york-knicks-in-2011-2012-nba-season-preview/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/19/10-thoughts-on-the-new-york-knicks-in-2011-2012-nba-season-preview/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:00:57 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=283165 1.       The big news for the Knicks is, of course, the signing of Tyson Chandler.  Having a real center, one who can anchor a team’s defense, is bigger for the Knicks than just about any other team in basketball.  With forwards who are, at best, mediocre, and a young 2-guard, this team needed someone to protect the rim to contend.  Few in basketball beat Chandler at that – this is the perfect fit.

 

2.       But is it the perfect fit with Mike D’Antoni as coach?  D’Antoni teams have historically been mediocre defensively, but moved extremely quickly.  Can he adjust to what has to be a slow-it-down team and change his coaching to emphasize a quality big like Chandler’s strengths?  This is a ridiculously talented team, but hopefully the pieces fit better than Isiaih’s ridiculously talented teams.  That’ll be on the coach to ensure.

 

3.       Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire will at least ensure the offense is great.  They’re surrounded by spot up shooters, though, and will need to be willing passers to make sure it’s truly elite.  Melo needs to become a lockdown wing, while Amare needs to be at least a team defender for the team to be elite.    Still, so much of the team’s success will be finding Landry Fields, Tony Douglas, Mike Bibby and Baron Davis for open threes and then those players converting.

 

4.       Amare’s big weakness, though, isn’t defense, but rather rebounding.  He just doesn’t board enough for his size and positioning.  Fortunately, along with Chandler being a beast on the glass, Melo is a top rebounding 3, and Landry Fields a top rebounding 2, so the weakness is covered up.  Though lacking an ideal point guard, the pick and roll between Melo and Amare should be unstoppable, so this is damn near the ideal set up for Amare, as long as his knees hold up.

 

5.       Losing Chauncey Billups hurts far less than it otherwise would.  While he can orchestrate an offense and knock down jumpers, both of those skills are replicated in both Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.  Toney Douglas can’t initiate offense as well, but is a far, far superior defender.  Bibby, however, may be done as a useful player if his Miami numbers were any indication.  Luckily, Douglas is certainly good enough to hold the fort until Baron Davis is healthy at which point, assuming he’s in shape, this team could be great.

 

6.       Is Jared Jeffries really the main frontcourt backup on this team?  I know D’Antoni likes a short rotation, but sheesh.  He doesn’t rebound at all, and with the quickened season pace, I have no clue how he’s supposed to play big minutes and relieve the injury prone Chandler and knee-free STAT.

 

7.       I’m hearing a lot of love for Iman Shumpert, but there are already 3 point guards on the roster and one, Douglas, essentially mimics Shumpert’s best skills – defense and speed – except add a shot.  For Shumpert to get any burn he’s going to need to play a hugely athletic game or pick up his shooting.  At least he’s long…

 

8.       Bill Walker and Renaldo Balkman are among the weaker wing reserves in basketball, though the former can shoot and the latter can defend.  Luckily, they’ll mainly be backing up Melo, who plays huge minutes, as the logjam at the 1 should lead to Baron or Douglas playing a lot of 2.

 

9.       This season is the start of what should become Melo’s long-term legacy.  How hard he plays and if he rises to the occasion determine if he can go down as an NBA All-Time great or just another also-ran.  So far in his career he’s probably not been top 10 in the league (in no order – Dwight, Lebron, Wade, Kobe, Paul, Deron, Dirk, Rose, Durant, Pau), but to become a factor and for the Knicks to compete, he’d better top at least half of those guys.

 

10.   This will be a year in transition with a lack of depth and experience playing together keeping the Knicks from being fully competitive until the playoffs.  Once there, they should have the firepower to make teams pay for their earlier troubles, if they can remain healthy and D’Antoni can figure things out.  This should easily be a second round playoff team and might even make the conference finals with a few breaks.
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Images of McFarlane SportsPicks NBA Series 20 http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/05/images-of-mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-series-20/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/12/05/images-of-mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-series-20/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:50:37 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=280927 McFarlane has released images of NBA Series 20:

-Carmelo Anthony 4 (New York Knicks)
-Kobe Bryant 6 (Los Angeles Lakers)
-Kevin Durant 2 (Oklahoma City Thunder)
-Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)
-Derrick Rose 2 (Chicago Bulls)
-Dwyane Wade 3 (Miami Heat)
-John Wall (Washington Wizards)

COLLECTOR LEVEL
ALL-STAR: Blake Griffin (All-Star Uniform)
GOLD: Dwyane Wade 3 (El Heat Uniform)
SILVER: Kevin Durant 2 (White Uniform)
BRONZE: Derrick Rose 2 (Black Uniform)
BRONZE: Kobe Bryant 6 (Purple Uniform)

These are due in stores in February!


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McFarlane SportsPicks NBA Series 20 Line-Up Revealed http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/10/mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-series-20-line-up-revealed/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/10/mcfarlane-sportspicks-nba-series-20-line-up-revealed/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:09:16 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=251023 The Spawn.com Forums released the full line-up for NBA Series 20.

-Kobe Bryant 6 (LA Lakers)
-Kevin Durant 2 (Oklahoma City Thunder)
-Dwayne Wade 3 (Miami Heat)
-John Wall (Washington Wizards)
-Derrick Rose 2 (Chicago Bulls)
-Carmelo Anthony 4 (New York Knicks)
-Blake Griffen (LA Clippers)

Neither the Collector Level figures or release date has been revealed.

PK’s Pulse:
I love this assortment. Two breakout rookies, both representing teams that having had a figure in 5 years (this is expecting that this assortment will be out in 2012). Also, Wall will be in that snazzy new Wizards uniform. It seems like we will be getting either LeBron or Kobe in every other wave. This is the first Carmelo since 2006 (really?!), and who’s surprised that this showed up here. Durant & Rose will be great 2nd versions of figures that the masses did not enjoy the first time around.
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10 Thoughts on the NBA Trade Deadline (Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Portland Trailblazers, Denver Nuggets) http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/26/10-thoughts-on-the-nba-trade-deadline-boston-celtics-carmelo-anthony-and-the-knicks-dwight-howard-deron-williams-portland-trailblazers-denver-nuggets/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/26/10-thoughts-on-the-nba-trade-deadline-boston-celtics-carmelo-anthony-and-the-knicks-dwight-howard-deron-williams-portland-trailblazers-denver-nuggets/#comments Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:00:55 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=237459 1. The Nuggets are better than everyone thinks. They go legitimately two deep at every single spot – Nene and Birdman, K-Mart and Harrington, Gallinari and Chandler, Afflalo and JR Smith, Ty Lawson and Felton. That’s scary for matchups. If they keep Nene, Gallinari, Afflalo and Lawson develop, they can be a top 5 team in the West. Lawson is scary fast and very good on D. Afflalo is developing into a Ray Allen type player out of nowhere, and Gallinari, well, Gallinari’s shot is overrated, but he does the best thing an offensive player can do – get to the line and convert at a high rate. With those three and inside presences, who wants to face them? Especially with no weaknesses on the bench, this is a scary group. Denver might actually be better sans Melo.

2. The Knicks certainly aren’t better with Melo, as they showed in Cleveland. Their new big three played about as well as they could, but remember when I said they’d have huge defensive issues? They just let the worst offensive team in basketball drop 115 on them in regulation. All of the big three were huge. It didn’t matter. Defense matters.

3. Chris Paul basically has to be coming to the Knicks and while a top 10 player in the league (I don’t think Amare or Carmelo are top 10, sorry, I’ll do the list next week) will improve them, Paul’s calling card is basically done by Chauncey Billups. That calling card is extreme efficiency. Paul is better at it than anyone, but if Chauncey doesn’t get this team to at least very good, Paul won’t automatically make it great, especially as recent studies have shown PG defense is the least import defensive contribution on the floor (which is logical, a great PG defender can, at most, usually affect one man, while wings can affect passing lanes and the top wing scorer, and big men affect absolutely everyone). The Knicks are, sadly, a team that might end up really missing Timofay Mozgov, or need Amare to just work his ass off to try and do his best Dwight Howard impression on defense.

4. Deron Williams, in his first game as a Net, showed why Chris Paul is better. Both players can really improve their teammates, but Deron needs more set up from his teammates to score and, in addition, does so less efficiently. Paul controls a game more effectively and needs less to do so. Williams with Dwight would be absolutely deadly, but if not, he’s probably best off walking away from NJ.

5. Dwight Howard might be the best player in the NBA. His team is absolutely not built to play to his talents though. Why is this in a trade deadline column? The main reason is I think Boston trading Perkins and everyone treating him like an afterthought pissed him off. If he plays with a chip on his shoulder, he’s unstoppable and the Magic are contenders again, especially if they play Boston and Miami. I do not get every team in the league not desperately trying for Dwight the way they did Lebron. They are 1 and 1a in terms of affecting games. The Magic made themselves worse with their big trades and just made it easier for Dwight to leave. Someday, someone will explain why they didn’t at least try the twin towers approach with Gortat. Sure it wouldn’t have been as offensively effective, but no one could have scored on it and they aren’t exactly offensive dynamos now anyway.

6. Okay, Portland might just win their first round series. Brandon Roy seems to be back, so it’s like they got a superstar in a trade to compliment getting Gerald Wallace, an all star in a trade. Oh and Marcus Camby, a legit center, joins the newly minted franchise center LaMarcus Aldridge, who has somehow developed into a go-to performer, awesome rebounder, and finisher inside. Rudy Fernandez is playing the best ball of his career in the states, Andre Miller is a savvy vet, and Wesley Matthews a good spot shooter. This team is missing nothing. If Roy gets back to elite form, and he was a top 10 player, better than Carmelo 2 years back, and LaMarcus keeps playing with this intensity, the West is suddenly up to no less than 6 teams who could make the finals (Portland, Denver being the gatecrashers on the Thunder, Mavs, Lakers and Spurs).

7. I’m now convinced both Boston and the Thunder made the right moves. Dwight absolutely ate the Thunder alive. That doesn’t happen with Perkins and Nazr. Sure, he might still have a great game, but not a 40-15 with 6 blocks and 2 steals and surely not 16-20 from the field. If Dwight did that, this team would have been hapless against the Lakers and Spurs. Great move.

8. The Celtics? The Nuggets held them to 75 points the other night. They’re awesome, but when they won the title were elite scoring. For the past three years, they’ve been a bit above average. They needed shooters to spread the floor and Perk didn’t play late in games anyway. Green and Kristic make opponents pay for focusing on the big team and on Rondo drives. Nate was shooting terribly and couldn’t do that and no one else on the bench was effective in that role.

9. I can’t help but feel the Chicago Bulls are going to regret not making a move for a 2. Everyone else in the East 1-6 got better, even the Heat who really just get to gel. With the way they’re defending, they could have competed this year, but with such good opponents, I don’t think they can compete with a huge hole at the 2.

10. The Kobe’s defeating the Clippers underscored how far the Clips have to go, although without Eric Gordon, Randy Foye has been a revelation. He’s a high pick who’s finally playing efficiently. When he and Bledsoe are second unit to Mo and Gordon (who will be all open looks thanks to Blake) look out. Again, it’s not just who you have, but how the players you have allow others to be utilized. Bledsoe and Foye can own opposing backup backcourts while the starters merely have to hold serve and hit their own Griffin granted shots.

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Analysis on NBA Blockbuster: Carmelo Anthony Being Traded from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/22/analysis-on-nba-blockbuster-carmelo-anthony-being-traded-from-the-new-york-knicks-to-the-denver-nuggets/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/22/analysis-on-nba-blockbuster-carmelo-anthony-being-traded-from-the-new-york-knicks-to-the-denver-nuggets/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:00:32 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=236886 Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded to the Knicks. While this is great news for Melo himself who has been outspoken about his desire to join his hometown club, there are many dissatisfied parties after the way things played out. Let’s take a look at the various parties involved in the trade and decide if they’re winners or losers. I’ll be avoiding utilizing advanced metrics, or, at least, going into detail about them so as to keep this article easier to digest. If you want an excellent article about that with a bit more from the advanced metrics, try HoopSpeak.com. The trade, in its entirety according to ESPN.com, is as follows

Denver trades Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman to the Knicks for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a first-round draft pick (2014 or later) and cash. Knicks also send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota for Corey Brewer.

The Knicks Outlook:

The Knicks, after being spurned by Lebron James and Chris Bosh, have now got two star players who absolutely want to be in New York. That’s the good news. The bad news is how they fit. Amare and Carmelo are both amazing offensive players, amongst the tops in basketball, but it’s unclear just how much that helps the Knicks. In Mike D’Antoni’s system, they were already a top 3 offensive team in the league. Melo certainly makes them more potent offensively, especially when combined with the efficiency of the backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Landry Fields. This is a team that will score buckets of points with great floor spacing, even though that’s what they were already doing before the blockbuster trade.

The major improvement for the Knicks with this deal is, surprisingly, rebounding. Amare is a great offensive force, but for his size and usage, only a good rebounder, especially at the 5. So, how is this deal a strength? The top rebounding 3 in the game, right up there with Lebron at that skill, is Carmelo Anthony. The top 2 guard in rebounding is likewise a Knick, Landy Fields. If Ronny Turiaf is healthy and just eats up space, we’re looking at a clearly great team rebounding unit. Combined with a fast-paced offense, sure to attack before defenses are set, you have a team that will be especially effective on second chance baskets.

The Knicks weaknesses after this trade, however, likely outweigh the new strengths. The major and obvious weakness is defense. D’Antoni’s system is much maligned for poor defensive results, but when adjusted for pace, his Phoenix team ended up at or above average almost every year of his tenure. No, system won’t be the problem, but subpar defenders will. Carmelo is now the Knicks best defensive option, as frightening as that seems. Amare is a solid defender, but overmatched as a center. Turiaf is good, despite constant foul and injury trouble. Billups is a good team defender much slowed by age, and Fields gives great error but is still prone to rookie mistakes. Add in a basically invisible bench (defensively, besides Corey Brewer, they’re just floor spacers) and the team is left with no one to clog the lane when drives happen and no one at all on the wings to prevent the initial drives. Without a center magically falling into their laps, the Knicks will remain a terrible defensive unit, but, then, they were already pretty bad there.

So far, the net of this trade has been a positive. The Knicks are better offensively, better rebounding, and just as bad defensively. This is still a bad trade for them. The major problem with this deal is an utter lack of depth. The Knicks slowed down from a hot start because playing starters such huge minutes lead them to slow down. Now, their bench is non-existent. Put bluntly, the bench is far, far weaker after this deal. Everyone they received from the Nuggets can play a bit, but at the minutes they will be asked to perform, they will be severely exposed. Now the old Chanucey Billups will be expected to play huge minutes with only Tony Douglas as a backup. Amare is already breaking down and now doesn’t have Mozgov or any other center on the roster to help him rest. Fields will have Brewer backing him up and Melo will end up at the 4 a lot for Shawne Williams to help spread the floor, but either that lineup or using Shelden Williams at the 4 leaves the Knicks absolutely irrelevant defensively. This team will need to play it’s starters into the ground and are one injury from irrelevance.

Knick fans have been talking themselves into this as the second move of getting their own big three, expecting Deron Williams, Chris Paul, or Dwight Howard to join the Knicks after next season. Think again, Knick fans. Not only did the Knicks gut themselves of young players and expiring deals in order to get Melo, they’re also paying him max money. What that means is with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement set to lower the salary cap, the Knicks will not have enough for another max player and, as much as I consider Chris Paul a top 5 player in the league (advanced metrics again), putting him at the point still doesn’t solve the defensive deficiencies this team faces and put them above the Bulls, let alone the Heat or Celtics. They’d need Dwight Howard (maybe Al Horford, although that’s quite the step down, no disrespect to Al) to fix their defense and have no money or assets to make that happen. They could have had Melo for cheaper this off-season, only giving up Wilson Chandler, but, instead, they gutted the youth of their roster, losing trade chips Timofay Mozgov, Anthony Randolph and Danillo Gallinari. Those pieces could have been used next year to help pair Howard with the Knicks two-some of Amare and Carmelo or, if Carmelo left, the cap space could have been saved and they could have aimed at Dwight and either Deron or Paul. Now, they will have to make it work with their current big two, without help on the way.

The Nuggets Outlook

Denver made out like bandits. People have been complaining about Melo holding them hostage, but what he really did was allow them to play the Knicks and get far more than the Raptors or Cavaliers got for their departing superstars. If they stand pat now, they are still likely a playoff caliber team. With Gallinari and Chandler replacing Melo and Felton replacing Billups., they still have offense to be competitive. More, they still have enough cap room to pay Nene over the summer and remain under the cap, with the assets to make a splash in free agency and the draft.

Should they wish to immediately build for a championship contender, Mozgov and Gallinari to the Nets for two #1 picks is not a bad deal at all. Add in the ransom they could command from the underrated Aaron Affalo (a sweet shooting and defending two) and the enigmatic JR Smith (an amazing, but sometimes disruptive scorer) and the Nuggets aren’t in bad shape at all, especially with George Karl at the helm. I know the Nuggets are upset right now, but Gallinari is 22, Mozgov is 24 and holdover Ty Lawson, the team’s point guard of the future, is 23. That’s quite the young core, even in the west.

The Timberwolves Outlook

The Wolves have been consistently half-effective. Last year, they tried out Darko Milicic, fell in love with his middling production, and overpaid him. Still, he’s a big body who can fill it up and help make up for the defensive shortcomings of Kevin Love and Michael Beasley at the forward spots. The Wolves, with this deal, took another step towards becoming an effective defensive team in acquiring a potential Marcus Camby clone (with better ball-handling) in Anthony Randolph. The Knicks were mysteriously unwilling to play the twenty-one year old despite him potentially being the frontcourt player they need. Well, in exchange for letting Melo work under the Knicks cap and helping the Nuggets save some cash, the Wolves got that rare shot-blocking talent that Randolph possesses. This is a team that has already shown that they are willing and able to develop young talent in the frontcourt. Paired with Love and costing only Corey Brewer (free agents aren’t exactly beating down the door to play in Minnesota), the Wolves got a low-risk chance at a special frontcourt.

The New Jersey Nets Outlook:

So, Melo spurned them after all. C’est la vie in New Jersey, right? Upon closer inspection, this is not remotely bad news for the soon to be Brooklyn Nets. While the Knicks have taken themselves out of the running for the 2012 free agent class, the Nets have put themselves in prime position to nab a top talent. In addition to a plethora of draft picks and tradable assets, they will also likely have a budding star in Derrick Favors. Favors is only 19 and has taken a lot of heat for not being special yet, but fans need to calm down and realize that he’s of similar age to Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki when they came into the league and then look at their rookie numbers. Favors matches up just fine. Further, the Nets can move Devin Harris, seemingly to Portland, and use a draft pick or two for Gallinari and Mozgov. That would give them a young, deep team.

Assuming the nets make the proposed deal for Gallinari and Mozgov, they would have Brook Lopez, who finally looks like himself again, backed by Mozgov, Favors backed by rebounding beast Chris Humphries, Gallinari at the 3 backed by Travis Outlaw, floor spacer Anthony Morrow, and, at worst Jordan Farmar at the 1, all with the team ready to head to Brooklyn that Summer. Add in a draft pick or two and you have a team in prime position to claim Dwight Howard and either Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Even if Dwight goes to LA as rumored, Brook, Favors, Gallinari, Morrow and Paul is a top 5 team in the East with seasoning, especially when adding in a top pick this year. The Nets, despite not getting Melo, are a team on the rise.

Final Points

The Nuggets, Nets and Wolves all got out ahead on this big Melo deal. Sure, Denver would be better off if Melo just stayed, but with that not an option, they did far better than any other team shedding a superstar mid-season has done in recent memory. The Wolves have given them a chance for a special frontcourt, while the Nets have a ton of assets and Brooklyn looming. The Knicks, unfortunately, got what they wanted, but in doing so were played into both giving up and paying too much, making them a sure playoff team for years, but one it’s hard to see as a championship contender without some extreme luck in their favor.

If you want more detail on how the Knicks might work with Melo check NBAPlaybook.
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NBA: Carmelo Anthony To The Knicks Done http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/21/nba-carmelo-anthony-to-the-knicks-done/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/21/nba-carmelo-anthony-to-the-knicks-done/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 04:19:31 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=236820 The Carmelo drama is done. ESPN New York is reporting that Carmelo is heading to the Knicks with a 3-year, $65 million extension.

Denver Gets: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash

New York Gets: Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and obviously Carmelo Anthony.

Sadly, Golden State was involved in this trade and the Knicks didn’t get Stephen Curry. Which means the best case scenario for the Knicks is Chris Paul, Carmelo, Amar’e, and a mish-mash in 2012.
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NBA News: New York Knicks Acquire Denver Nuggets Forward Carmelo Anthony http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/21/nba-news-new-york-knicks-acquire-denver-nuggets-forward-carmelo-anthony/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/02/21/nba-news-new-york-knicks-acquire-denver-nuggets-forward-carmelo-anthony/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:50:23 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=236817 The Knicks and Nuggets finally agreed to a deal for Melo.

The New York Knicks have agreed to send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, their 1st round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman will go to the Knicks. The Nuggets will also get the Golden State Warriors 2012 2nd round pick, 2013 round pick, and $3 million.

The Nuggets are expected to turn around and trade some of the pieces acquired for Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for draft picks and players.
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