Carmelo Anthony traded: ESPN celebrates NY Knicks, doesn't give sh*t about Denver Nuggets

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Last night, the Knicks finally closed a deal for Carmelo Anthony and (damn it!) Chauncey Billups, as well as Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams. But while the Denver Post is talking up what the Nugs received in return, the national press is already writing off D-town's ballers for this season, and possibly for many to come.

The Post's take is understandable. After a proposed deal with the New Jersey Nets fell through in January, the Nuggets seemed likely to keep Chauncey but get little in return for Carmelo. Instead, the team's braintrust managed to pump up possible transactions with the Lakers and those same Nets in order to get the Knicks to bid against themselves.

The result? Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofrey Mozgov, three draft picks and $3 million in cash.

Not bad. But after the news broke last night, virtually the entire conversation on ESPN involved what the trade meant for the Knicks, with little attention paid to Denver. Take a conversation between SportsCenter host Steve Levy and former Nugget Jalen Rose, speaking on the phone from a restaurant, where he had just ordered grilled chicken dumplings. The vast majority of the chat found Rose gushing about New York's move, and how it set up the franchise to lure a big-time point guard -- probably Chris Paul, whose wedding toast set off the Melo sweepstakes last summer, or Deron Williams -- in 2012. And while Rose had good things to say about Nugs management for making the swap happen, his comment was a conciliatory toss-in at the end of the segment, not a key point of interest for the national audience.

Then there was ESPN Radio's Jason Smith, who this morning declared that Denver, which is currently in position to be the seventh seed in the playoffs, will not reach the upcoming post-season. Too many moving pieces, he suggested, and too many teams behind the Nuggets playing well.

That's probably correct, especially since there remains the very real prospect that Denver will deal one or more of the Knicks acquired yesterday. Note reports that the Nets will give up two first-round draft picks for Felton and Mozgov.

If that happens, the Nugs will really have scored a coup -- but a long-term one rather than something expected to pay immediate dividends. Should those picks come to fruition, and are used well, Denver will have a chance to rebuild more quickly than East Coast pundits believe. Until then, however, the Nuggets, who've been smack dab in the middle of the national radar for months thanks to the Carmelo rumors, have skidded off the screen entirely.

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drmoto
drmoto

What do you think now, Eric, now that Me First Melo is gone? I think it's the Knicks that are struggling now. Chris Paul: so what if they get him, he's just another big ego. When the Nuggets went into NO and kicked their butts, all he could do was try to get cheap calls from the refs and bitch and moan. Knicks owner Dolan has tons of money and no judgment. You give Anthony credit? He is a selfish @ss, nothing more. Oh, yeah, he can score. Too bad he can't get subbed out every time the opponent has the ball. Knick fans are already getting tired of Anthony. Nuggets will have to win the NBA title to get recognized by ESPN. Seattle and Detroit won titles without superstars. Broncos will be back as well, management (Elway, etc.) cannot let Bowlen hire another McDaniels.

Anonymos
Anonymos

Long Live Chauncey Billups, we love him in Denver....his hometown...come back

Anonymos
Anonymos

What ever happened to loyalty? Doesn't Carmelo have a enough money to live a great life playing here in Denver? Look at John Elway, now that man was loyal. All Melo thinks about is money and his face on reality TV. I can understand wanting to play in his hometown, but no town will ever embrace him like Denver has, what a fool. I guess his wife has LaLa has some kind of spell on him

Eric
Eric

No offense intended, but be carefull when claiming victim status for our dusty old cowtown. I remember how so many whined and sniveled about the "disrespect" heaped upon Denver by the east as well as west coast media year after year before the Broncos became a successfull and Super Bowl winning franchise.

Truth be told, little of the disdain was unearned. For the better part of 2 decades the Broncos were among the least moneyed and most incompetent franchises in both the NFL and AFL.

While Lou Saban brought a successfull business model, a competent organizational structure and a professional approach to the football side of the team, it took years to become consistent winners and perennial contenders. The media recognizes success and scorns incompetence. Not good and not bad, just the way it is. The sad state of the Broncos as an organization today is accurately and brutally described by the national media, and justifiably so.

Same with the Nuggets.

As with the Broncos, but just not as glaringly, the Nug's have been playing with "house money" for a while. When they lost to the Lakers in the conference final 2 years ago, the organization made the conscious decision not to pursue 2 more big ticket players to complement Anthony and clear the final hurdle toward overtaking L.A.

So be it.

But credit Anthony for recognizing the organizational decision for what it is and reacting to it. Kudos to a single player for having the juice, the will, the moxy and the business acumen necessary to jam his will down a Corporation's throat.

Damn rare, and refreshing. Now the Nuggets are less Anthony, 18 million under the cap, not at hazzard of paying the luxury tax that multi-billionaire Walmart guy hates so badly, and left to make the most of a shit sandwich they created themselves.

The Broncos have yet to figure out the free ride, the pass from prior successful decades is expired, the days of putting a dog of a product on the field and the reaping the monetary reward off the Savings are over. Now, the season ticket fan base is wise and the con is is done. It's put up or shut up.

About time.

Let's hope the Nuggets are a little more ethical.

Al
Al

Congratulations to the Denver Post for breaking the story first. Very nice work. Guess print isn't as dead as basement bloggers suggest. Seriously, congratulations, Post..

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

An interesting point about Chris Paul, drmoto. He's an incredible talent, but it could be tricky to get all three of these superstars on the same page. Miami's inconsistency against good teams is a case in point. Thanks for posting.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

I'm sure you speak for a lot of people in Denver, Anonymous. Thanks for posting.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Eric, as always, interesting takes well expressed. Thanks for posting.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Long live print. Our congrats to the Post as well. Thanks for posting, Al.

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