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Booing Super Stars of Past

It is a grand old tradition in America to boo athletes and coaches who we feel have wronged our franchise. The past couple years the NBA has been chalked full of these traditions. Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and the newest member to the club Dwight Howard. We only do this since they are entertainment because we would never boo someone who decided to better their lives by moving from their home city or state.

Last night the New York Knicks showed up to Denver to play the Nuggets and everyone knew that the fans would be booing Anthony. Anthony did do one thing that should give him a little clout , he let the Nuggets know that he was leaving no matter what and they should trade him to get something in return. The trade outlined below by the NY Times has worked better for the Nuggets in my opinion and they got Anthony out of town.

In addition to Anthony, a supremely athletic 6-foot-8 forward, the Knicks will receive the veteran point guard Chauncey Billups and three nominal bench players — forwards Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman and guard Anthony Carter.

In exchange, Denver will obtain four of the Knicks’ top players — Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov — along with the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2014. The Knicks are also giving up two second-round picks — in 2012 and 2013, both acquired from Golden State — along with $3 million in cash.

As part of the deal, the Knicks will send Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and $3 million to Minnesota in exchange for Corey Brewer. The Knicks have not yet decided whether to keep Brewer or flip him in another deal. They have several trade possibilities in the works as they approach the N.B.A.’s Thursday trading deadline.  Source NY Times

Anthony left the game with knee stiffness and hurt feelings. The Nuggets fans started to chant:

 ”We want Melo,”"Where is Melo?” and “Who needs Melo.”

Since the trade Anthony’s game has stayed pretty much the same but the change has been found in each team’s win percentage.

Win Percentage Since 2010-11

Pre-trade Post-trade
Knicks .519 .568
Nuggets .561 .635

Does this mean that it is all Anthony’s fault probably not but I do know that because of his style of play and his attitude he isn’t the superstar that gets a a locker room to gel. Anthony is with out question a special scorer but that is it and he has trouble with getting other players involved. He should know that later on in the game he will get his touches and that he should get the role players involved early.

Should we boo our favorite player for leaving our team…..no we should probably boo the management because there is a reason that the player wanted out and it was just that he wanted to move on from that city. Everyone should have the ability to make their lives better including millionaire athletes.

 

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