Carmelo Anthony an NBA savior? You guessed right!
The third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft is always forgotten when talking of the 2003 draft because of superstars Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and over course Darko Milicic ( for being the biggest draft bust in NBA history). But now, Melo has a chance to save the NBA.
Carmelo Anthony, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Denver Nuggets, has a big decision on his hands. Does he take the three-year, $65 million dollar extension the Nuggets have put on the table, or does he turn it down and become the most coveted free agent of the 2011 Free Agent class?
It's a tough decision because with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement coming, its going to be less player-friendly meaning less money for players, so that $65 million for three years will possibly end up being $40-45 million for three years.
But if Melo leaves that money on the table to explore other career options, the "big three" in Miami should be terrified.
Carmelo Anthony is definitely one of the top players in the league and is a nightmare matchup for all 30 NBA teams. If he decides to leave Denver, there is only one ultimate choice for him—the New York Knicks.
It's a match made in Heaven for Melo and the Knicks to hookup. Melo, born in Brooklyn and winning in a National Championship at Syracuse, could literally become the "King" if he decides to make Broadway his home.
Sources close to him say he wants to play in New York because he wants to play on the biggest stage and his entertainer wife Lala Vazquez would love to be in New York to pursue her own career.
But lets look at the basketball aspect of it now. The Knicks are being constructed with the right pieces and are definitely another star away from being a legit championship contender. And with Melo, they're one step closer to ending that 37 year championship drought. A core of Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Amar'e Stoudemire and newly acquired Anthony Randolph is definitely good enough to compete for a championship.
Without a doubt, Miami is the most hated team in the NBA now. I mean I was disgusted just by the acts displayed by LeBron and Chris Bosh at the introductory party. Lebron guaranteed seven or more championships for the Heat, which I found hilarious.
I think he forgets that the East is getting better each and every day and they're not the only team thats in the conference. Their are many quality teams such as the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and even the Knicks have gotten better.
Let's give the Heat the benefit of doubt and say they reach the NBA Finals, but I don't see them beating the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven game series. The Lakers actually have more then three players. Let's face it, the Lakers are STACKED!!!
Wade said that its going be hard to guard him and his new teammates, but I think the Lakers will be fine. Ron Artest is a former Defensive Player of the Year and will be up to the task of locking down LeBron James, while All-Defensive Team player Kobe Bryant will be able lock down Wade, and a combination of Pau Gasol and Bynum will easily handle Chris Bosh.
So, if Mario Chalmers or whoever else is on that team doesn't score about 50 points for that team, the Heat in Miami will ultimately Freeze.
Carmelo Anthony is the only guy who can go toe to toe with Kobe, LeBron, and Wade and if he wants to win a championship their is only one place to do it—NEW YORK. He'll be immortalized as one of the greatest in NBA history if he can win in New York, and will create a legacy that will be on par with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.
It all could've been James' but instead, LeBron chose to be a sidekick and will forever regret not playing under the bright lights of New York.
So Knicks fans, be happy because there is no place for losers in New York, and that's why LeBron is in Miami. Carmelo is the answer not only to save the Knicks, but the NBA as well.