Yes, the NBA is part of the American professional sports landscape.
Fans understand that it’s a business—owners, the league, and players are all intent on making money.
Still, that doesn’t mean fans don’t fall in love with their team’s favorite players.
Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets’ franchise player, is also a fan favorite in Denver, and a reason the team has gained popularity throughout the country.
He’s a bona-fide star, one of the NBA’s top 10 players to be sure, and the people of the Mile High City do not want to see him leave.
The most recent news about 'Melo came yesterday, as the Nuggets announced that they are now open to listening to possible trade offers for the star that hasn't signed his three-year $65 million contract extension offer.
Like 'Melo, there are others around the league that have the option of fleeing their current cities for contemporary contracts.
For many fans, this is a worst-case scenario, as most of these teams are better with these stars than they would be without them.
Note: These players’ contract situations, (shown in parentheses), are for the 2011-12 season. ETO= Early Termination Option.