Chris Paul, the next object of obsession?
Well, it's finally done, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncy Billups and defensive specialist, Corey Brewer—who only naturally the offensive minded Knicks are thinking about swapping out before Thursday—for Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, three draft picks, a lifetime pass to the abundance of New York Zoo's and all the scrumptious Nathan's Hot Dogs and Crinkle Fries, Denver management—who must be mighty busy knocking themselves over with pats on the back this morning —can heartily consume.
Overkill might readily describe the illustration above, but whether or not the Knicks got fleeced, played like an NBA maestro by Net newcomer Mikhail Prokohorov, or lacked the appropriate level of cooperation from Anthony himself during the approximate five month long proceeding is now fully irrelevant.
Beginning tomorrow night against the dreadful Milwaukee Bucks—thank the schedule makers above —the new fangled Knicks, more than likely sporting a starting lineup of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire up front, Rony Turiaf in the middle, Billups and Landry Fields in the back court will kick off the 64,000th new era spanning the past decade of Madison Square Garden hoops and New York fans will be exceedingly hopeful this version of the team will be more successful than the 63,999 others that knocked around before this one.
Of course the problem is the defensively challenged Knicks just got weaker on that side of the ball. Their bench just thinned immeasurably, and their situation in the middle is for the moment as implausible as it gets though the team hopes to bring in 6-11 able body, Earl Barron, who played pretty well for D'Antoni & Co. in an aggressive center stint end last year.
The essential feedback we're getting on all of this now is that the young Knicks as configured less than 24 hours ago were going nowhere anyway. At best they would have been a first round playoff out so in reality whatever the team had to do to get Carmelo by the Feb. 24 trade deadline was worth it.
Not that the newly arranged Knicks we've been made aware of since the wee hours of the night is projected to fare much better come April or May.
No, you see the idea here is Carmelo and Amar'e today, Carmelo, Amar'e and Chris Paul or Deron Williams tomor—no sorry, not tomorrow—ummm, let's see, that would be sometime during or after the 2012 season, although considering what the Knicks just went through to get Anthony it's enough to make one wonder out loud just exactly how it is they'll be landing one of these 500 pound Marlins so easily 12-18 months from now.
Toney Douglas? Excellent choice! With the right tutelage and scientific procedure he'd be a perfect replacement at the point position for either one of the two best court magicians currently intoxicating NBA lovers everywhere.
Shooting off the bench? What about Shawne Williams or Bill Walker, or maybe the cardboard cut out of Roger Mason that's been lingering on the teams twelfth seat all season long.
Draft picks: There might be one available in 2030—I mean come on, what more do you want? Sure the Knicks just set an astounding league precedent trading away half their roster for a guy who was about to go entirely free at seasons end, but that doesn't mean New Orleans or Utah will have the right to expect the same.
And what about this potential Franchise Tag Carmelo was supposed to be so terrified of come June or July? The coming labor negotiations that may change the face of unrestricted free agency in the NBA?
Well we don't really know about that, and either do the Knicks. What we do know is 'Melo has finally arrived on the New York scene and for better or worse this will be the essential make up of the team for the foreseeable future and all of the talk about 2012 is better left for another day.
Like some time in 2012 when someone can actually explain to us how a team with no plausible players to off load, no draft picks to trade, with a cap figure that may or may not allow them to offer a max contract to one of a pair of players who will surely demand as much will actually become the kind of tangible reality that is so readily being bandied about today.
The Knicks finally got their hands on Carmelo Anthony and paid one hell of a heavy price. If all that means is they just opened the door to another year or more of comparable hysteria over Chris Paul or Deron Williams without a heap more wins along the way, basketball fans in New York will once more find their patience tried to the umpteenth degree.
Fortunately they seem used it.
Kind of a funny thing to say about New Yorkers, but there you have it.
And that's the spin for today,