There’s a new theme developing throughout the NBA. Maybe it’s been around for awhile and I’ve just been to young (I’m only seven) to notice. Or maybe players are just becoming more aware of their surroundings, whatever that means, and want a change of scenery. The phenomenon I write of is players demanding to be traded despite having years left on their contract, just because they want to play somewhere else, with different players.
I would understand this a little more if it weren’t for the fact that most of these players demanding trades are on winning teams. It’s not as if there stuck in Minnesota (sorry ‘sota, I got nothing but LOVE for ya but y’all need to step yo game up.) The most obvious instance of this is of course Carmelo Anthony. I would bring up the whole Chris Paul “I want to leave” bit but he was just trying to be LeRoy James Jr. and pretend like he was going to go to a big market. Let me give you a serious piece of advice CP3, leave it there.
So what’s Carmelo’s deal anyway? We’re talking about a team two years ago that took the World Champion Lakers to six games in the Western Conference Finals. We’re talking about a team that had their coach not had to undergo excruciating cancer treatment could have made a deep run in the playoffs. We’re talking about a team that still has tons of talent and players and is arguably the most thuggish ruggish team in the NBA. We’re talking about practice…well no, not that last one, but you know what I’m getting at.
Carmelo is one of the purest shooters in the NBA. The 2003 draft class has so much effin talent that he sometimes gets overlooked with all the other big names making waves. One quality he always had better than D. Wade or LeRoy was that he can score from anywhere on the floor. He has an amazing dribble-drive-fadeaway shot, is smooth from inside and out, and can handle the ball like a point guard. It’s all of these qualities that have propelled his team into the playoffs each of his seven years in The League.
What disappoints me the most is instead of Carmelo stepping up and being a leader on the Nuggets he’d rather privately request a trade to New York. I get it, New York is sweet, but the addition of you isn’t going to make them a real contender. They’d still suck even with you and Amare. So while you can make it be known that you’d love to play there it doesn’t really matter, you still have a year left and you aint going anywhere. Plus, the Birdman needs you as a teammate, friend, and lover. And you wouldn’t want to let him down would you? I wouldn’t want to piss J.R. Smith or Kenyon off too much either.
In closing (what a bad way to end a post) let me just get a general though off my hairy, undersized, underdeveloped chest. The NBA season is from the end of October to, for most teams, May. That’s seven months. Considering you don’t have to attend any summer leagues (which most third year guys and beyond don’t) you pretty much have 150 days off a year. Here’s and idea; buy a god damn condo in Manhattan and live their in the off-season. It’ll be just as much fun then as it will be during the season. You can sit at home and play slap dick all you want and still play for a different city come tip off time. Just a thought, just an idea.