Carmelo Anthony: Nets and Nuggets Fans Hoping Melo Falls Their Way
When you are on the side of the team about to get the superstar, you feel great. When you're on the other side, not so much.
So, Nuggets fans, I feel for you.
Denver is in major trade talks to trade away Carmelo Anthony. The proposed deal has Anthony going to the New Jersey Nets.
Now, of course this deal is not done. It may not happen. Still, all these trade talks can't make a Nuggets fan feel good. Sure, Derrick Favors and Andrei Kirilenko aren't that bad, but they're no Carmelo.
As a Nets fan, I'm praying this deal goes through. But I know what Nuggets fans are going through. I went through it recently with the trade of Jason Kidd and the departures of Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson.
You never want to see your team blow up.
It is frustrating when you can feel your superstar slipping away. Everyone else is excited except you. I think that more Nuggets fans are unhappy about the proposed deal than happy.
What happens is teams get sick of their superstars and want to start fresh. I've never really understood that concept, plus it always seems to fail. When was the last time a built-from-scratch team won it all?
Still, teams do it. And that is what the Nuggets are looking to do now. So while Nets fans can't contain their excitement, Nuggets fans are holding their breath.
With that being said, neither team is hitting the jackpot or losing the lottery by keeping/gaining Carmelo. He's good, but no Kobe.
But most teams would still take him.
Anthony has to sign an extension. That seems to be the main thing holding him back. And at the same time, people need to stop saying that New Jersey is a dump and the Nets had 12 wins last season.
Let me debunk those myths real quick. The Nets are playing in the new Prudential Center in Newark and then are moving to a spanking new arena in Brooklyn. And this is not a 12-win team. As coach Avery Johnson mentioned recently, only four guys from last year are back.
So those statements are uncalled for. The Nets made back-to-back finals in 2002 and 2003. Not many Eastern Conference teams can say the same thing.
The Nets were in a similar position when they were downright bad in 2001. Then they landed Jason Kidd. And we know what happened there. Not saying that Anthony is J-Kidd, because he's not. But he's a star, and Nets fans need one for their sanity.
So now we're forced to see this whole thing play out. Or burst into flames. As fans, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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