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Being Loyal Costs

Carmelo Anthony had a promising career, until he became a New York Knick.

In 2011 at the NBA trade deadline the New York Knicks traded Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and picks to acquire Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony. Although the Knicks landed the scoring machine, many Knicks fans were irate about how much was given up to acquire Carmelo.

Despite the fans dismay to the blockbuster deal, the trade had a very high ceiling. Having two of the top 5 scorers in Melo and Stat (Amare Stoudemire) on the roster, a championship point guard that can still orchestrate an offense in Chauncey Billups. The pieces were in place to build around but to no one’s surprise, things went downhill fast.

The Knicks managed to make the playoffs the first three seasons with Melo in his peak prime years, the front office failed to put help around the superstar. In the 2012-13 season, the Knicks went 54-28 and were the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. With the amazing play from the established veterans and an unstoppable Melo, the Knicks were back in championship contention. They beat the Boston Celtics in 6 and then went on to face the blazing hot Pacers in the East Semis and lost that series in 6. Despite Melo averaging 29 PPG and 7 RPG, he was battling a left shoulder injury for most of his playoff run which ultimately led to an earlier than expected playoff exit. Anthony was heavily criticized for not getting his team over the hump and evidently underachieving.

The 2013-14 season was supposed to be a fresh start for Carmelo and the Knicks. The Knicks had their core guys remain on the roster despite losing veteran leadership. The Knicks only won 37 games after winning 54 the previous year. Carmelo averaged 27 a night but his teammate’s inconsistency and lackadaisical effort were a direct effect of losing that veteran leadership in the locker room. The highlight of the season was Melo scoring 62 on 23-35 shooting in 39 minutes and the hiring of new President of Basketball Operations, Phil Jackson at the end of the season. The Knicks just missed the playoffs at the 9th seed to cap off a disappointing season.

Phil Jackson’s resumé falsely gave New York Knick fans something to be excited about. Phil won 13 championships in his career, two as a player and eleven as a coach. He coached some of the greatest players of all time in Shaquille O’Neil, Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. Phil Jackson’s basketball mind being in control many assumed better days were ahead. Phil immediately dismantled the roster. Mike Woodson and the entire coaching staff were fired and hired his long-time point guard in Los Angeles, Derek fisher. Phil then resigned Carmelo to 5 years 124 million contract and traded Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks for Jose Calderón, Shane Larkin, and Samuel Dalembert. The trade was pointless.

The next season the Knicks posted their worst season to date only winning 17 games. Melo battled injuries all season only playing 40 games and Phil Jackson traded Iman Shumpert and Jr. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Phil Jackson has been less than unflattering these past few seasons. Jamming the outdated triangle offense down the Knicks organizations throats without having the proper personnel to execute. Constantly ripping Carmelo to the NBA media and selling false hopes and dreams with no real solution in sight. Sure, Phil has been active in his signings but what was supposed to be the end result? How are the players that Phil is acquiring complementing Carmelo Anthony’s game? I’m no executive but the moves were hollow.

Melo’s prime years were wasted by a team that never really cared for him. Anthony’s loyalty remains to the fans and the city of New York. He has been nothing short of professional and his front office has been nothing short of ill-mannered. Carmelo gave his blood sweat and tears to the city of New York and all they did in return was spin the narrative in his entire career making him a villain in a city where he should have been a hero.

 

NBA Says LeBron James Traveled Before Clutch 3-Pointer

Did LeBron James Travel, Before his Clutch 3 Pointer?


The NBA states LeBron James three-pointer should of not have counted. They say his pivot foot at the start if his dribble (0:13), which means this possession would of resulted in a travel and it would have been Pacers ball.

LeBron dagger three put the Cavs on top 103-102 with 1:07 left on the clock, Cleveland went on to seal the game with a few free throws. Overall, James finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Cleveland, along side with Golden State, are the only team who have advanced to the second round and are waiting for their next opponent.

Paul George Not Ready To Think About Future

After the Pacers were swept by the Cavs in the first round, it quickly set up a potentially momentous offseason for the franchise with Paul George.


George was asked whether he wants to remain with the Pacers and what it would take for him to be convinced stay.

“I ain’t even at that point, yet,” George said after the loss.

George has been connected to the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise desperate for a star of his magnitude.

“End of the day, it falls on me. I can always do things better,” George said.

George and the Pacers have been on the losing end of LeBron James’ teams repeatedly in the playoffs.

“It’s real frustrating to continue losing to the same team, or the same person. It’s what I work hard for in the summer, to try to help lead a team of my own and it’s ultimately who I’m always going to see and face. But again, came up short. Didn’t do enough,” George said. “If we want to win, that’s the team that we have to work towards stacking up against. If we want to be serious, that’s the team we’ve got to look at and figure out how can we match up against them.”

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Schedule/TV info for Game 1s of NBA playoffs

Finally, the NBA playoffs are among us and we have interested match-ups. Below is the set matchup for Game 1 of the Eastern and Western Playoffs.

Saturday

  • Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m. ABC
  • Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Memphis at San Antonio 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Utah vs. LA Clippers TBD 10:30, p.m., ESPN

Sunday

  • Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m., TNT
  • Portland at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m. TNT
  • Oklahoma City at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT

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Pacers and Raptors Nearly Fight

Raptors Players Weren’t Too Happy At Lance Stephens0n


Tuesday night, the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 108-90 to reclaim the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Everything was going well until Stephenson manage to pissed several Raptors players when he scored a layup at the end of the fourth quarter.

PJ TUCKER RESPONDS TO LANCE STEPHENSON’S GAME-ENDING LAYUP

“Nobody care about his reputation. I could care less. I don’t even know who he is. He’s happy he just got back in the league.”

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Why Larry Bird Didn’t Trade Paul George During Trade Deadline

Larry Bird states that the Indiana Pacers weren’t interested in trading Paul George at the trade deadline.


The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were amongst the teams who called Bird. Magic Johnson’s call to Larry Bird lasted less than five minutes and was mostly of small talk.

“I wasn’t motivated to move Paul George at the deadline,” Bird said. “I can’t remember if it was even brought up or not. I don’t think it was. It’s all fake news anyway. You know that. Somebody’s gonna start it and [it] just was a snowball effect. [The phone call] was not about Paul George.”

Paul George can become a free agent in 2018 and reportedly has publicly stated that he is considering signing with the Lakers.

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NBA’s Most Valuable Teams 2017

Forbes List of The NBA Most Valuable Teams 2017


You may ask, How much are each team worth?

Well recently, Forbes release their annual list of the most valuable teams in the NBA. It might be surprising how teams who are doing so bad in the NBA, still be so valuable even with a awful winning record.

  1. New York Knicks
    • Current Value: $3.3 Billion
    • Revenue: $376 Million new york knicks
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
    • Current Value: $3.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $330 million
  3. Golden State Warriors
    • Current Value: $2.6 Billion
    • Revenue: $305 Million
  4. Chicago Bulls
    • Current Value: $2.5 Billion
    • Revenue: $232 Million
  5. Boston Celtics
    • Current Value: $2.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $200 Million
  6. Los Angeles Clippers
    • Current Value: $2.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $185 Millionclippers
  7. Brooklyn Nets
    • Current Value: $1.8 Billion
    • Revenue: $223 Million
  8. Houston Rockets
    • Current Value: $1.65 Billion
    • Revenue: $244 Million
  9. Dallas Mavericks
    • Current Value: $1.45 Billion
    • Revenue: $194 Million
  10. Miami Heat
    • Current Value: $1.35 Billion
    • Revenue: $210 Million
  11. Cleveland Cavalierscavaliers
    • Current Value: $1.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $233 Million
  12. San Antonio Spurs
    • Current Value: $1.175 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  13. Toronto Raptors
    • Current Value: $1.123 Billion
    • Revenue: $193 Million
  14. Phoenix Suns
    • Current Value: $1.1 Billion
    • Revenue: $173 Million
  15. Sacramento Kings
    • Current Value: $1.075 Billion
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  16. Portland Trail Blazers
    • Current Value: $1.05 Billion
    • Revenue: $178 Million
  17. Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Current Value: $1.025 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  18. Washington Wizardswashington wizards
    • Current Value: $1.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  19. Orlando Magic
    • Current Value: $920 Million
    • Revenue: $166 Million
  20. Utah Jazz
    • Current Value: $910 Million
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  21. Detroit Pistons
    • Current Value: $900 Million
    • Revenue: $172 Million
  22. Denver Nuggets
    • Current Value: $890 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million
  23. Atlanta Hawks
    • Current Value: $885 Million
    • Revenue: $169 Million
  24. Indiana Pacers
    • Current Value: $880 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million76ers
  25. Philadelphia 76ers
    • Current Value: $800 Million
    • Revenue: $140 Million
  26. Memphis Grizzlies
    • Current Value: $790 Million
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  27. Milwaukee Bucks
    • Current Value: $785 Million
    • Revenue: $146 Million
  28. Charlotte Hornets
    • Current Value: $780 Million
    • Revenue: $158 Million
  29. Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Current Value: $770 Million
    • Revenue: $154 Million
  30. New Orleans Pelicans
    • Current Value: $750 Million
    • Revenue: $156 Million

 

These are the NBA most valuable teams list from Forbes 2017.

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