Tuesday, June 17, 2014

If You Can't Beat 'Em... (MeloDrama 2014)

Now that the NBA Finals are over, we can focus on possible trades/actions in the off-season; such as, where will Carmelo Anthony start the 2014-2015 NBA season?

A Possible "Melo"-drama in the Future

- Remember LeBron James' "The Decision"? -

Well, get ready for a possible "The Decision Part II, featuring Carmelo Anthony" aka MeloDrama 2014.

The New York Knicks have been making some major moves in the front office:
  • Naming Phil Jackson as the New York Knicks' President of Basketball Operations
    • FYI, Jackson really wants Carmelo to stay for one more year in New York
    • Bringing in former NBA player Derek Fisher as the new head coach for the '14-'15 season
Now, major moves are pending in regards to the New York Knicks' roster.

There is always speculation that LeBron James is considering "joining forces" with Carmelo Anthony in New York, as well as other championship-contending teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

At the end of the day, these guys want rings. But the real question is: will they win together or continue to battle it out?

Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have played against each other since they were in high school (Oak Hill Academy [Anthony]; St. Vincent-St. Mary High School [James]) and recently matched up several times this past season - with James' team winning three (out-of-the-four) regular season matchups.

By now, it would not be a surprise if Melo considered the phrase: if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em.

"Joining forces" has slightly become a trend within the NBA, where usually a trio of guys band together to give a franchise its best chance at winning the NBA title. We've seen it recently with the Boston Celtics (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett), Miami Heat (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh), even more recently with the Brooklyn Nets acquiring Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

It seems as though, when players' careers start to reach (or go past) their prime, they contemplate on how much time is left in their career to win a championship.

Could Melo possibly be considering that his NBA "life-span" is dwindling? I would say yes.

There have been so many guys that have been great players, but never won a championship. From their play, you would think these players were decorated with the most-coveted hardware in the NBA.

Just to name several great, ringless players: Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins, and even Patrick Ewing.

Melo would more than likely want to be included in "championship conversations" with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and the like.

But hey, if Carmelo Anthony shoots for the moon (championship), he'll still land among the stars (great, ringless players).

As we continue to journey throughout the summer toward the start of another NBA season, we'll have to sit back and watch where Carmelo will end up playing in the near future.


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