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The Knicks will be eliminated from the playoffs in Game 4. So yes, Anthony will cruise through the rest of the playoffs as he sits at home while Amar'e Stoudemire trade rumors take over cyberspace. Really though, it is Anthony they should trade.
There’s way more value for Carmelo out there. He’s younger, his contract is slightly more friendly, he’s an all around better player (I suppose), and there will surely be plenty of teams who will think just like the Knicks did back in February of last year when they went all in for Anthony because...well, he’s Melo.
Every ounce of evidence in the world points to Melo as the problem, not Amar'e. As of right now, the Carmelo Anthony trade will go down as the second dumbest trade in NBA history next to the Nets dealing for Deron Williams. Ironically, they both happened within 24 hours of each other.
The Knicks are currently on a 13 game losing streak in the playoffs. It’s funny that people were actually giving them a realistic chance against the Heat. If the Knicks keep Melo, this is how the next several years will play out for New York.
During the regular season, there will be stretch runs where the Knicks get incredibly hot and the country melts for them and overreacts to every little thing. Then, they’ll be stretch runs where they suck. In other words, they’ll be just like 70 percent of the league’s teams.
Then, they’ll make it into the playoffs as either a six, seven, or eight-seed.
Then, we’ll predict that they can upset someone in the first round, if not get to the Finals and win it all.
Then, they’ll lose their first two playoff games on the road (one of the in embarrassing fashion), they’ll return home and the New York papers will come out with a headline that says something like “New Ballgame as Series Shifts Back to Big Apple.”
You’ll have Spike Lee making appearances on radio and TV giving his case as to why the Knicks will still win this series despite the fact that all odds are stacked against them, and they’re the second worst basketball franchise in the last five years next to their Metropolitan counterparts, the New Jersey Nets.
Then, the Knicks will make their annual playoff exit.