Carmelo Anthony traded to the New York Knicks: Analysis and reactions from around the web

Compiled by Justin Bank
Washington Post staff
Tuesday, February 22, 2011; 11:26 AM

The New York Knicks have reportedly acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets as part of a multi-player trade. Michael Lee likes the trade for the Knicks:

Anthony's arrival in New York, and union with all-star forward Amar'e Stoudemire, doesn't make the Knicks a threat to compete with Boston, Miami or even Chicago, but it has made them decidedly better -- at least at the box office. With Anthony switching conferences to form another potential power team in the conference, the rebuilding process for the Wizards gets more challenging. They could keep taking lumps for a few years.

The core talents with the Heat, Bulls and Knicks are still relatively young and getting better. And that doesn't include Orlando's Dwight Howard, who is 25. The Wizards will really have to get it right in the NBA draft, because if John Wall showed anything during the Rookie Challenge, it's that he can be that much better surrounded by great talent.

As for the Knicks, their fans have reason to be excited, especially after whiffing on LeBron James last summer. While the Knicks had to sacrifice four-fifths of their starting lineup -- Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov -- to get Anthony, stars don't come cheap.

And, none of the players shipped to Denver has the potential to influence a game or command attention the way Anthony does.

Cindy Boren compiled a roundup of reactions from the New York and Denver papers:

So...what to make of the move? Management, as Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post points out, wasn't exactly breaking up the '72 Lakers with this move. They're two games over .500 and didn't figure to beat Miami, Boston or Orlando in the playoffs. They asked themselves "why not do this and had no real answer.

The Knicks weren't winning a title any time soon -- make that ever -- with the team they would have fielded sans Carmelo. And they may not win one even now; the Nuggets couldn't throw in any guarantees.

But they're in position to go for it now.

Forget everything else and focus on that. They're closer this morning than they were yesterday. They had to get this done. And they did.

Some, like Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, break out in a rash (medical term: Cerrato-itis) over the idea that Isiah Thomas and James Dolan made the trade, which will hasten the departure of Donnie Walsh and competence.

Still, you have to know there is another bottom line to all this, for all the dancing up and down Seventh Avenue:

After Donnie Walsh made the Knicks viable and watchable again, Dolan shoved him out of the way to make this deal. Walsh wouldn't even be in New York if Thomas' reign running basketball at the Garden hadn't been such an epic, Old Testament failure, both on and off the court, in all ways, from Stephon Marbury to Anucha Browne Sanders.

As for the other team, Woody Paige's the "hick leaves sticks for Knicks" deal presents far more uncertainty. Mark Kizla says giving up Billups "rips the heart and soul out of Denver."

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