By Nick Childs
The Nuggets have a new, fresh look, and the Knicks have the same. I am equally excited for both teams.
I will start with the Nuggets because they are my team. I never imagined that I would entertain the idea that the Nuggets would be better off without Carmelo Anthony, and I stand by that thought. HOWEVER, the team that they have put together has the look of a group that can do some serious damage not just this year, but in the future as well. They are young, athletic and seem like a good group of people. This is a very underrated quality of championship caliber teams in the NBA.
But let’s think about it. The last three championships have been won by the Lakers (twice) and the Celtics. Have you heard of jealousy issues or people that are cancerous to the team? Aside from a lunatic-defensive guru (Ron “Say Queensbridge” Artest), both teams are very well built from a chemistry standpoint. Everyone knows their role and doesn’t fight the system.
The new Nuggets have this as well, and that may be more important than having stars like ‘Melo and Chauncey for a team coached by George Karl. The Nuggets don’t have a face-of-the-franchise right now, and that is okay. Karl is an incredible basketball coach. He isn’t the type of person that babysits players with egos, so when he has a group that will buy into his system, he will be very successful. This group seems like they will buy in to Coach Karl’s winning ways.
I look forward to the future of the Nuggets.
As I am looking forward to the Nuggets’ future, I am equally excited for the next page in the career of Camelo Anthony. With a fresh start with a fresh number (7), ‘Melo seems to be enjoying the game of basketball, and in his short time with the Knicks, he has been playing at an incredibly high level!
People have criticized ‘Melo for abusing the system for getting the trade he wanted. I am not one of those people. I think it was commendable that he told the Nuggets that he wasn’t likely to sign the extension with Denver. It gave them an opportunity to rebuild.
As for his future, I think he will suceed and become a bonafide superstar in the NBA. I have considered him as such for a few years now, but I think, now that he is on the East Coast in a major market, people will see how incredible he really is. People want to see basketball relevant in New York again, and I think ‘Melo will do that (as he did in Denver). Him and Amare are going to be a great combination that will cause teams defensive nightmares, and if they can get Chris Paul in there, they will be a powerhouse for years to come.
This is an exciting time for both the Nuggets and the Knicks with unwritten futures. It is going to be fun to watch!