Friday, February 11, 2011

To be a (Knick) or not to be?
The NBA stars have aligned, well almost. News of the final destination for Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony has dominated the basketball cosmos for the past month. Anthony has shouted from the highest mountain top in the mile high city of his desire to become a New York Knick. When Anthony spent his one college year playing for the Orangemen of Syracuse, he feel in love playing at Madison Square Garden. The energetic, young and hip vibe appeals as much to Melo's game as it does his persona. Growing up in Brooklyn, Anthony is a Knick at heart and his wife LaLa wants to pursue an entertainment career in the Big Apple.
On the Cusp...
The Knicks have returned to relevance this year, first landing Amare Stoudemire, and then his emergence as the leader of the team. Amare has been playing at an MVP level but he needs more help. The Knicks are currently sitting sixth in the eastern conference, but only one game above .500 at (26-25). Carmelo will bring his fierce offensive game on the wing to compliment Stoudemires scoring in the paint. Even with Anthony, the Knicks aren't a championship level team but they are exciting basketball. The Miami and New York rivalry from the late 90's will be taken out of the NBA's freezer to be re-heated. Carmelo plus Stoudemire together will equal competitive basketball from the Knicks every night and their winning will be a victory for the entire league. If Carmelo lands in the city that never sleeps, the NBA will officially have it's biggest faces in all of the biggest cities.
                          Big Cities, Brighter Stars

Boston: The Celtics still have the veteran prowess of the big three and are vying for a championship this year.
Star Power: Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg: How good was the Departed, seriously?
Miami: The new big three who will dominate the east for the next six years.
Star Power: Power couple Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova: Who doesn't listen to Enrique's new song, Tonight I'm $%#$% you?
Chicago: Derek Rose is playing at an MVP level and the addition of Carlos Boozer makes them legitimate contenders.
Star Power: President Obama and Marisa Miller: Aren't these two fans we can believe in?
Dallas: Dirk is healthy, Terry is clutch, and Marion gives them the toughness to play in the west.
Star Power: David Hasselhoff and eccentric owner Mark Cuban: Who else thinks the Hoff should join Randy, Steven, and J-LO on American Idol?
Oklahoma Thunder: Durant's ability to win the scoring title for the next decade mixed with his humbleness is the perfect fit for the fans of middle-America.
Star Power: The Home Crowd Fans: Does 20,000 fans in the stands equal one Kardashian?
Lakers: Kobe, Gasol, Ron-Ron, and Odom have enough gas in the tank to three-peat.
Star Power: Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, and Leonardo DiCaprio: Can someone please explain to me "Inception"?
New York Knicks: With Carmelo, the Knicks will be an offensive machine that can churn out 120 points a night.
Star Power: Chris Rock, Howard Stern, Kanye West, and of course the original Knick celebrity fan, Spike Lee: I wonder with Stern's length if he could help the Knicks play defense.
The NBA in 2012 could shine even brighter: This is the year when superstars Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Dwight Howard will all become free agents. The precedent has been set by Lebron James that it's no longer taboo to team up with rival stars to pursue an NBA title. There have been rumblings of Howard to the Lakers and Paul to the Knicks to make another big three in the east.

The Griffin Factor: The other team in L.A. has the NBA's hottest attraction. The Clippers Blake Griffin aka the human posterizor, aka the donut man (he's always dunking) has taken the league by storm. Not only can Griffin throw it down with authority and originality, but he can flat out ball. He's averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds a game and has his Clippers playing with intensity.
Star Power: Billy Crystal, well it's a start. Sports-writer Bill Simmons summed up the excitement Griffin brings to the court with a one word tweet as Blake threw it down against the Bulls last week. He tweeted, " Whooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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