By Bobby Perry
After months of speculation, Carmelo Anthony has officially been traded to the New York Knicks. Not only did New York acquire the perennial all-star, but also Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams.
The Knicks gave up a lot of potential to make this trade happen. New York said “good bye” to Amare Stoudemire’s “Robin,” point guard Raymond Felton, as well as the 6-foot 10-inch forward, Danilo Gallinari, who experienced success by shooting the ball from all angles of the court. They also lost a versatile forward, Wilson Chandler, who had the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways and rookie center Timofey Mozgov.
Now New York fans have “Melo-fever.” Anthony, who is one of the most natural scorers in the NBA has been acquired, but how much of an impact will he make for the remainder of the season?
The Knicks are currently ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference and will begin the second half of their season Wednesday, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks, but again, getting back to the question, the answer seems to be unknown at this point. Many Knicks fans are looking forward to the summer of 2011, when All-Star point guards Chris Paul and Deron William will most likely become free agents and walk away from their current teams or expiring contracts. The Knicks general manager, Donnie Walsh will likely hopefully snag one of these “stud floor generals” in order to form yet another, “Big Three.”
With constant disputes over the league’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) the thoughts of acquiring a big name lead guard is possible, but doesn’t seem likely. Although, rather than worry about the summer, it is important to focus on the final regular season games for the New York Knicks, who haven’t won a championship in years.
Overall, how would one feel about the Knicks trade? I’m not sure, but it certainly should create a lot of buzz for the final few months of the NBA season.