“The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” The saying is thought to have originated with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote, “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs” (hell is full of good wishes and desires). Very few people have bad intentions. But most of the problems in the world are caused by good intentions. They may not seem good to us, but they seem good to the one taking the action. Good intentions alone are not enough to make our actions moral. sometimes found, is that good intentions, when acted upon, may have unforeseen bad consequences. An example are the economic policies of the 1920s and 1930s. Intended to be a prudent response to the economic turmoil following World War I and the Wall Street Crash respectively, these were a major cause of the Great Depression and thus eventually of World War II in which millions of people suffered and died.
This brings me to the subject of this article, Carmelo Anthony, a very good but not great basketball player. The noise that is swirling around Carmelo and the New York Knicks is loud and angry, a trail of broken assurances in which a superstar has over promised but under delivered. The apex of the “melo era” in New York was the infamous toast in the summer of 2010 where Chris Paul declared that he, Amare Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony would form their a “big 3” in the big apple to rival that of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade in South Beach. Never mind that his current employer at the time Stan Kroenke, owner of the Denver Nuggets who had just paid him $15.8 Million dollars for the 2009-2010 season, was a guest at the wedding.
It’s time. Time for the New York Knicks to trade Carmelo Anthony. When Carmelo first descended upon Gotham it seemed like a good idea. The trade seemed like a good idea following the Stephen A. Smith/Barbershop theory of basketball, where roster building, defense, shooting percentage and role players don’t matter. The Knicks gutted their roster, trading away Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. The trade was unnecessary because the Knicks were so far under the salary cap that they could have signed Carmelo to the same deal they signed Stoudemire to a few months earlier, $99.7 over 5 years, but Carmelo had to get his 3 year %65 million dollar extensions instead. How different does a team with a starting 5 of Carmelo, Stoudemire, Wilson Chandler, Gallinari, and Raymond Felton look, the paired down roster they’ve been featuring the past several years. Not to mention the fact they could have turned Gallinari, chandler, and that 1st round pick into Chris Paul.
The Knicks should trade Carmelo because as an organization they are in a “Catch-22”. Risk losing your only true asset to free agency for nothing this summer, or even worse a 30-year old Anthony resigns for a $130 million dollar, 5 year max contract extension. As the great poet Nasir Jones said, “It’s time to destroy and rebuild.” Ship Carmelo to the franchise that is willing to part with the most young players on cheap contracts and as many first round picks as possible. You cannot let him walk away and get nothing for him, and it’s beyond doubtful that an out of shape, ball stopping, poor defending, soon to be 12 year vet is going to be able to “recruit” other viable superstars to join forces with him. The perfect team for Carmelo in his prime would have been a team similar to the early 2000 Allen Iverson 76ers, where he was surrounded by role players who were great defenders and didn’t mind working their asses just to get Iverson more shots. The New York Knicks had a solid year last year that ended in a 2nd round playoff exit, which will more than likely be the best finish that the Knicks will have in the “Carmelo era”. With the NBA and their superstars moving into a more team friendly, efficient style of basketball it seems as though Carmelo is a man without a country. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks are willing to bite the bullet and move Anthony before the deadline. I think they should, do you? I wonder what LaLa thinks?