What is wrong with the New York Knicks?

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In one word: Melo.

A player who the New York Knicks traded for at the trade deadline last season even though Donnie Walsh, former president of basketball operations, was against it. Mike D’Antoni preferred the players that he had before the trade. The carnage left behind because of this trade is continuing to grow, it all started with Donnie Walsh leaving and could lead to Mike D’Antoni losing his job but will that be the end of it? If Mike does lose his job as the Head Coach then whom do they bring in? Does he keep the system in tact or go in a different direction? What happens to Jeremy Lin, who blossomed in D’Antoni’s offensive system?

You hear all of the grumbling that Carmelo Anthony is a team player but want the ball, often not playing the D’Antoni system and standing whatever he wants and also Baron Davis wants more minutes because he plays Melo’s offensive system and everyone agrees that Carmelo Anthony is a problem. It has become Mike D’Antoni versus Carmelo Anthony and only one will survive the season on the team, who will it be? Well, considering one or two of the members of management still believe in Melo I see Mike being let go.

However, I think both shouldn’t be back next season just because it was both of them that poisoned this situation. Mike didn’t stand up for HIS system, which Melo doesn’t follow or act out completely. He doesn’t quiet down Melo’s frustrations with Lin when Lin doesn’t pass the ball to him because Melo abandoned the play. Carmelo thinks that this shouldn’t be D’Antoni’s offensive system but should be HIS offensive system. Anyone ever see that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode where Will Smith ends up playing on the Bel-Air basketball team and pretty much takes every shot, never passes, takes all the glory and his teammates end up turning on him? Yeah, sounds like the Knicks situation and it’s sad because I agree that the Knicks were better off with the other players that they had but I would rather have Jeremy Lin than Raymond Felton. Carmelo needed to fit into the system and work within the system and check his ego at the door but he didn’t. You cannot claim to be a team player but want the ball it’s somewhat weird. You can’t throw a temper tantrum when a player doesn’t pass you the ball.

I see Jeremy Lin being another casualty of a new coach coming in because he could give in to Baron Davis’ demands of more time just because he’ll give the ball to Melo and get out of the way. That would be too bad because right now I still think that Lin is the better player between the two of them. What do the New York Knicks need to do in order to improve? Trade Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby and/or some other pieces and try to get a back up power forward/center. Honestly if I was running the team I would trade Carmelo Anthony and try to get some pieces back in return that will fit with the team better.

I also just read a rumor on ESPN.com that the Orlando Magic would be interested in a trade package of Carmelo Antony and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard, if the Knicks offered. DO IT! You know Hedo Turkoglu would be added to the deal as well and it works in the ESPN Trade Machine.

Just an update, as I was writing this, hoopshype.com reports that Mike D’Antoni has resigned as the Head Coach of the New York Knicks.

Melo wins the battle but for the Knicks sake, I hope that they win the war and trade Melo. Mike Woodson is not going to be a good replacement because I don’t think he’ll please all parties and if he wants to “please” Melo then that might mean benching Lin and playing Davis who will pass him the ball no matter what, even if he’s quadruple teamed. With Woodson running it Amare and some others might lose out just because he’ll run everything through Carmelo Anthony and I see this failing. For those who don’t remember or know Mike Woodson is the former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and brough them to the Finals… wait… he didn’t? You mean to tell me that they were just an average team despite the talent they had? Get out, next you’ll tell me that Paul Pierce was offered to the Portland Trail Blazers today… wait he was? What universe is this?

Update: Reports I’ve read say that Mike D’Antoni threw out the idea of trading Carmelo Anthony for Deron Williams in the meeting where he resigned. I don’t think that this helped his situation and I don’t know how he thought it would improve his standings with Knicks Management. So you trade a SF for a PG but keep in mind that Knicks already have a log jam at PG with Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis, Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby, Iman Shumpert and he wanted to add Deron Williams. Okay so did he have a plan to get a SF? You have 6 players at the PG position, 3 or 4 of which are useless and water boys, so mentioning that to management probably didn’t help him much… just sayin’. I am 100% in favor of trading Carmelo but for something that makes sense really.

Boston Celtics: Trade Ideas.

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The Boston Celtics don’t have to improve that much as I said here

Who is available?

Jose Calderon, Chris Kaman, Michael Beasley, James Anderson, Stephen Jackson, Marvin Williams, Ramon Sessions, J.J. Hickson (maybe), Devin Harris, Paul Millsap (maybe), Cole Aldrich (maybe), O.J. Mayo, Chris Andersen, Monta Ellis, Andrew Bogut

So what deals could you make? These trades have been worked on through ESPN NBA Trade Machine

Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O’Neal to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Kaman. However then you need to upgrade the Point Guard position.

Ray Allen to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Bledsoe and Randy Foye. Didn’t really work in the Trade Machine, Clippers would have to shed about a million dollars but maybe throw in a third team or send them cash to make it work.

Ray Allen to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis. He would step in, be the Point Guard and might be a better player to try to entice other players to play in Boston. Obviously, throwing in a pick will probably be necessary but it’s still a move that is believable.

Kevin Garnet to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia. Not sure Atlanta would do this without another big coming back there way which would mean a third team would be involved, especially since Atlanta is doing so well.

Rajon Rondo and Marquis Daniels or Sasha Pavlovic to the Milwaukee Bucks for Brandon Jennings and Stephen Jackson. Stephen Jackson has a bad contract however and I’m not sure this move would make you better now and could make you worse depending on Jennings and Jackson.

Rajon Rondo to the Phoenix Suns for Steve Nash. The Suns, who respect Nash a lot and what he’s done for them, trade him to a contender and in return get a Point Guard they can move forward with. Being a younger and athletic team fits Rondo’s style better.

You can trade Marquis Daniels and/or Sasha Pavlovic to just free up a roster spot so you could bring in someone else who can make an impact. Who? James Posey, Gilbert Arenas could be options. You also have the NBA D-League and a name the Celtics could be interested in is Jeff Foote, according to CSNNE.com.

Trading Rondo is a risk because how sure are you that Avery Bradley can step in and take over that starter role. Another name that is an interesting one is Monta Ellis and with his 22 points per game and 6 assists per game, he is the guy to take the load off of Pierce. In addition, he is not afraid of clutch moments but has been compared to Stephan Marbury because of his tendency to be a slight ball-hog.

It will depend on if Danny thinks that they need to make some moves to get a better shot at winning a title or to move forward past the Big 3 era. With the expiring deals of most of the roster, I don’t see Danny making any moves that would bring extra money onto the salary cap for next season, not unless he likes the player. However, the free agent pool next season is not the deepest and not filled with many game changers past Deron Williams and Dwight Howard and I don’t see either of them in green. Despite what the Boston Celtics record says, I’m okay with them the way they are. Check what  Danny Ainge said here about the Boston Celtics and the trade deadline. I’m also not a huge fan of the ESPN NBA Trade Machine because as long as the salaries match up you can make any trade successful but it is a good idea by ESPN so can’t blame them for having it.

NBA Trade Deadline is March 15th at 3 P.M. EST.

UPDATE: Leondaro Barbosa, Andray Blatche, Armon Johnson are also on the trade block. Also according to a New York Post article the Celtics have shown at least some interest in Timberwolves SF Michael Beasley.