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Today's Carmelo Anthony speculation: It's all about the exciseman

Aug 25, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for anthony_high5.jpgIt appears that if Carmelo Anthony leaves Denver his preferred destinations are Houston and New York.

Which baffles New Yorkers. How could any sane human being choose any city over New York, let alone one in Texas? Doesn’t Anthony realize that all the best restaurants, the best shops, the best people are in New York? How many songs have Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z done about Houston? Exactly. New Yorkers would probably argue they have better barbecue than Houston.

So what is it? Why Houston? It can’t possibly be the far more stable basketball operation where they have a team just a star or two away from contending for a title. I mean, do the Rockets play in Madison Square Garden? It can’t the invasive New York media that would track and report his every step with his celebrity wife. So what is it?

Ahh, money. Marc Berman of the New York Post takes over from there.

If Carmelo Anthony becomes a free agent next July, the Knicks might have to contend with Houston — and Texas’ lack of a state income tax.

LeBron James, when he signed with the Heat, chose to play in a state — Florida — without a state income tax.

Ahh, the old exciseman canard. We could get into how the players are taxed where the games are played and the savings in taxes are not as great as some people think, really a small percentage of a huge contract like Anthony will sign. Why bother. We’re arguing with New Yorkers, they’re not going to listen anyway.

  1. johnmaine - Aug 25, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant. Who is the best all-time? The answer is obvious. http://bit.ly/9L1tGp

  2. TaxMan - Aug 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Florida, Tennessee, and Texas are the only states with NBA franchises that do not levy a state income tax, and while Carmelo would be able to clear half of his salary without paying a state income tax if he went to Houston, he would still have to pay state income taxes when he played road games against teams not located in Texas (Spurs/Mavs) and Florida (Heat/Magic). Carmelo also would have to pay a $2500 per game privilege tax when he played in Tennessee against the Grizzlies. Significant tax benefits, but the tax man still cometh when he would play on the road.

  3. Tex Proud - Aug 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Why is it that every big name on the market must consider NY first? Congratulations you have good food and shops. But you do not have the best people. Any state in the south has better people. An egotistical article like this would ever be written by anyone in the south. We do not spend our lives looking down on people.

  4. Tex Proud - Aug 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Why is it that every big name on the market must consider NY first? Congratulations you have good food and shops. But you do not have the best people. Any state in the south has better people. An egotistical article like this would ever be written by anyone in the south. We do not spend our lives looking down on people.

  5. James - Aug 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Nice article…did I sense a little bit of sarcasm about New York being the BEST CITY IN THE WORLD!?! I’m from Houston, and I love NYC. But they still think that we all ride horses down here. I don’t understand why anybody would want to play for NYK…they are going nowhere fast and they can’t afford to give up the people that they would have to part with to get Melo. The Rockets still have a good team after giving up (at least what has been rumored) what it would take for Melo to come to town.

  6. TardAborter - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Tex Proud,
    The author of this blog was blatantly using SARCASM, doh! He’s clearly making fun of all of the New York bloggers claiming that if Houston lands Mello, it was only because of the no income tax in Texas excuse which is obviously BS. HE WAS MAKING FUN OF NEW YORK SNOBS!
    I grew up in Houston, I still follow all of their sports teams and I don’t appreciate idiots like you running around the web… acting like a jackass and giving Houstonians a bad image!
    So please, Tex Proud, keep those rebuttals of your’s to yourself, leave the comfort of the library’s free DSL and A.C. and just go back to your trailer on the out skirts of Manvel.
    Regards,
    Tard Aborter

  7. Anonymous - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Dean Martin did a song about Houston, not that it doesnt still suck

  8. Anonymous - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Dean Martin did a song about Houston, not that it doesnt still suck

  9. James - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Hey Tard,
    I was also being sarcastic…sharpen your wit. And I don’t live in TX anymore. I had the sense to get out.

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