Carmelo Anthony Finally a Knick: Where Does New York Go from Here?

No NameContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks and the Eastern Conference stands with Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets and the Western Conference after the Western Conference won 148-143 victory in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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There's a brand-new car parked outside Madison Square Garden tonight. It's shiny and new and fully equipped with that brand-new car smell.

It will probably fade a bit over the next week, but not until it makes a few exciting pit stops in places as exotic as Miami and as dull as, well, Cleveland.

Carmelo Anthony is finally a New York Knickerbocker, and all the drama that has played out over the course of the season thus far can now finally be put to rest, right?


Anthony is a terrific addition to a Knicks roster which was desperately in need of more star talent. With the addition of the Three-Headed Monster down in South Beach over the offseason, the Eastern Conference has become a force to be reckoned with and the New York Knicks as we knew them just a few hours ago weren't going to cut it.

Carmelo helps, but he's not the end-all solution.

Monday night's deal with the Nuggets leaves the Knicks' roster with a lot of holes, as they've now parted ways with Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, and Timofey Mozgov.

Along with Anthony, proven guard Chauncey Billups comes to the Knicks and will more than likely assume the point guard role as soon as Wednesday when New York welcomes the Milwaukee Bucks into the Garden.

While only time will tell how the Knicks perform with what is almost an entirely new team, Knicks fans have reason to be both jubilant and apprehensive. Anthony is a stud and will undoubtedly bring added buzz to MSG, but his acquisition hurts the Knicks' depth on the bench.

Knicks fans may be dancing right now, but it is important to remember that this season may not prove to be the best judge of the trade's success. The addition of Carmelo Anthony will finally position the Knicks to be able to lure another superstar to the Big Apple in the offseason, setting them up to make a championship run in the years to follow.

With all the questions and uncertainties regarding New York's newest star, one thing is for sure: the Garden will be rocking on Wednesday night when the Bucks step into town.