Now suddenly,during All-Star weekend, they are giving the kibosh to Melo over this trade/contract stuff.
You know, the great Carmelo Anthony being dissed and marginalized because he wants more control over his life.
On one national sports talk radio program Friday night, the host thought he was being cute and clever with the question for his listeners about whether other superstars would want to join Carmelo Anthony, whether for the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets or some other place.
Ridiculously, the host asked whether Melo could attract elite future free agent point guards like Chris Paul and Deron Williams, asserting he did not think so, asserting Melo was not the type of player to lead a team to the promised land of an NBA championship.
That has us scratching our heads here in Baltimore. This is Melo we're talking about -- one of the top 5 players in the game today with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard. It is Melo as a freshman in 2003 who won his Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim his one and only national championship in 35 seasons coaching the Orange.
For Melo, remember, the 33 points and 14 rebounds in the national semifinal game vs. Texas and the 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the national final against Kansas. No wonder Syracuse even has a Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center named for him.
Melo, we remind you, was just 18 then as a national champion. Who else has done that as a freshman in the leading role? Surely not Paul and Williams at Wake Forest and Illinois. No push down on them, but they ain't Melo.
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