Marc and Jay talk about the recent signings of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Guillermo Hernangomez. The possible return of Sasha Vujacic, the Jared Sullinger rumor, and possible players to take the last couple of roster spots. We spend some time talking about a few other signings around the league including Wade leaving Miami.
Marc and Jay give their thoughts on the Derrick Rose trade, talk to Rose, man on the street, what’s next for the Knicks, and more
The New York Knicks moved heaven and earth to trade for Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. They did the same when they convinced him to sign a long-term contract in 2014, and it worked. For the most part he’s been a spectacular player for the Knicks. However, the 32-year-old wants to win, and he wants it now. The Knicks, although improving, aren’t there yet. In fact they won’t get there before Carmelo’s skills have largely decreased. For that reason, it’s a win-win to trade the All-Star now. Trade him for players, picks and cap room, and he’ll have a shot at his coveted ring, and the Knicks can improve with an arsenal of tools to help them in doing so. One option is a trade for Kevin Love.
Carmelo’s abilities will decrease rapidly as he continues in to his thirties, yet teams would still trade their arm and a leg to get him. The Knicks can call all the shots here, and indeed they should.
Carmelo wants to win, but seems to have accepted the fact that he might remain in New York.
Phil Jackson insisted “In our meeting at the end of the season, Carmelo said, ‘Really, it’s not that bad. I think we have the best frontline guys in the game in the Eastern Conference in Robin [Lopez], myself and Kristaps [Porzingis],’”.
Will he stay, however?
Jackson explained “I have to agree with him: Yes, those are three real potent figures, but we still have guard roles to have to play. So we’ve got some positions to fill, but not a lot. Not that many.”
However, every team in the NBA would offer a crazy package to get him, and Jackson is a smart man. He must realize this is the smart thing to do.
One option is to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’d be willing to off-load Love. Although he’s not on Carmelo’s level, he’s younger, and would provide an excellent cornerstone to rebuild the franchise upon.
Should the Knicks keep Carmelo, they must target Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan or any other all-star help to ensure Carmelo can win now. It won’t be easy. Any of these additions would help the Knicks change their Betway.com’s odds. Can they win a championship for Carmelo?
However, if they want the easier, long-term approach that Jackson has previously spoken of, then trading him makes sense. He deserves a chance to win it all, at least, and with his value to decrease, the Knicks won’t want to lose him for little in a few years time.
By cashing in now they can get anything they have their eyes on. A few years later, after still- likely- failing to win, they might lose Anthony for next to nothing.
It’s going to be a hard decision to make, but trading him- whether for Kevin Love or not- might just be the right thing to do for Phil Jackson’s Knicks.
Marc and Jay talk about the finals and Knicks rumors with Derrick Rose, JR Smith, Sir Insider, man on the street, Adam Silver, and more
Fantasy basketball season that is. Marc and Jay talk about the last 4 games, the new starting lineup with 100% more Sasha, Rambis coaching, free agents, word on the street, joey knicknuts, listener questions and more
Marc and Jay talk about the last 3 games, talk to Joey Knicknuts and Derrick Rose, what is Rambis doing, what GM Trump would do, the outlook for the rest of the season, and more
Today Jay and John Henson from ABC’s Wipeout talk about the development of Porzingis, the Knicks strategy for the summer, the guard situation, being a Knicks fan in LA, Blake Griffin, the mess that is the Houston Rockets, Derrick Rose, and more. After that Marc jumps in for listener questions and a mini rant about the Raptors game.
Marc and Jay give their mid season grades for each player, Fisher loves other players girls, trade deadline rumors, all star weekend, and more
Jay, Martin, and Stats Guy III talk about the firing of Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis taking over, potential moves, the last 4 games the Knicks played, predictions for the next 6 games and much more
Once again the Knicks hit .500 and once again go on a losing streak. Melo played hurt and then didn’t play. Lance missed some games and we realized how much he means to the team. The rankings look pretty different this week due to injuries and some up and down play. The OKC game is included in these rankings because I’m doing this a day late this week.
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Williams, Derrick||Yeah I went there. Who else had a better week than Williams? Back to back double doubles with 19 and 21 points, yes please.||4|
|2||Lopez, Robin||Monster game against the Jazz, and respectable showings the rest of the week.||5|
|3||Galloway, Langston||Galloway almost saved the day in OKC. Watch him finally get his groove and get thrown into a Jeff Teague trade.||6|
|4||Porzingis, Kristaps||Shot is still sporadic, but pretty much every game he does something that makes me giddy.||2|
|5||Anthony, Carmelo||Melo started off the week hot but was progressively more hobbled each game, culminating in a DNP against OKC. If the Knicks are going to make a playoff push Melo has to get healthy fast. Continue reading|