Good morning, New York/New Jersey sports fans! You can exhale this morning, since we are no longer held hostage by the 'Melo-Drama.'
Carmelo Anthony is a member of the New York Knicks. That means Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry are now ex-Knicks. The Amare & 'Melo show begins Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Knicks, Nuggets and Anthony all emerge as winners here. The Knicks because they get the second star player they needed to begin trying to move into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. The Nuggets because, while they lost a star player they would rather have kept, they got the Knicks to include more talented young players than they had hoped to. Carmelo because he ends up in Madison Square Garden, where he has wanted to be since this whole thing started.
The obvious losers here are the New Jersey Nets. They did not get Anthony, the player they had hoped to build and market around when they move to Brooklyn. They also did not get any players from Denver, which they had hoped to do after the completion of the Anthony deal. We will have to wait and see what they do now.
- Monday was a big day for St. John's as the Red Storm cracked the NCAA College Basketball top 25 for the first time in more than a decade.
- Syracuse defeated Villanova Monday in Big East basketball. For SU, the end of the season is all about trying to find some consistency heading into tournament play.
- Hank Steinbrenner is even dumber than I thought. How else do you explain his taking shots at Derek Jeter?
- The New York Islanders continued to roll along Monday, defeating Florida, 5-1.