The Concrete Jungle

Posted by C.L. Anthony on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 with No comments
July 10th 2010, two days after the King shocked the world by stating that he would be taking his talents to south beach to join the Miami Heat to team with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, who at that time was a Denver Nugget, was in New York to marry his long time companion La La Vazguez.  The wedding was attended by the like of Kim Kardashian, Amare' Stoudemire of the Knicks, Chris Paul of the Hornets, and the King himself Lebron James.  Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke was there as well to watch his most prized player tie the knot and it was that evening that the bad blood began.  Needless to say there are some things that you don't say/do in front of your owner or boss and despite Kroenke not being neither to Chris Paul, Paul violated code and began what is now dubbed as the Melo-Drama!  Chris Paul in jest proposed a toast that sent shock waves through the basketball world just two days after Miami's Dream Team became a reality.

"We'll form our own Big 3"

Two down and one more to go, Carmelo Anthony has joined Amare' in New York City; will Chris Paul be next to complete the triad?  Over the next year and a half the NBA will morph into what I consider the Pangaea of sports.  Pangaea was the name of the super continent that formed one giant land mass on the earth 250 million years ago.  The haves will continue to get stronger and the have nots will continue to become irrelevant.  The difference is that the talent pool in the NBA is no where near it was in the 80's/90's where upper management could build a strong team around the clock if needed, the players have now taken control of their own destinies and have decided on who they would rather play with/for.  During the summer of 2012 the final pieces will be in place, the Celtics will be done, Miami and Chicago will be stronger and the Knicks will acquire either Chris Paul or Deron Williams.  Also, Kobe Bryant will make one last stand in LA along side of.......D12, Dwight Howard!

The New York Knicks in their current state will not compete for a championship this current season nor will they make any significant noise in the playoffs, but this is a step in the right direction for the franchise.  The Knicks gave up a lot a good pieces for Carmelo and perhaps they jumped the gun, maybe they could have called his bluff and waited until the off-season to sign him outright as a free agent but now he's there and the most annoying fans in the world are already screaming championship...slow down, not this season Knicks fans.

The one thing that will happen for sure is this...the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks will lead the Eastern Conference into the new era of the NBA.  The funny thing is that the league is beginning to look a lot like the late 1990's when these three teams battled for supremacy.  David Stern can now pass the torch and retire because the teams with the largest TV markets are now contenders and the league is now at peace and back where it belongs.