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Jerry West says it’s too early to judge ‘Melo trade

Mar 24, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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Jerry West is trying to talk some sense into New Yorkers. Good luck with that.

The Logo spoke with the Associated Press and said what Knicks management and everyone on that end of the Carmelo Anthony trade has said — this is going to take time. To expect immediate results was a mistake, the trade was about getting a second superstar. Don’t worry about the 7-10 record since the trade (or the fact Denver is 11-4 and playing with newfound energy).

“You can’t judge a trade by that, and it also gives them building blocks,” West said before the game. “They got not only Carmelo, they got a tremendous player in Chauncey Billups. He’s really good and so they got two really good players out of it, but they haven’t played together that long so I don’t say it’s patience, I think to me it’s understandable that they wouldn’t come in and burn the house down as far as winning games…

“Regardless of how people try to read trades – Denver is playing well, they certainly have more depth now than they had before – but the reality of a trade like this, you’re not going to be able to judge this until next year or two years from now,” he said. “Which team is going to prosper the most, which team is going to make progress to the ultimate goal of any franchise, and that’s to win championships.”

New York is going to make the playoffs this season for the first time in years. That is a step forward, one New Yorkers need to try and savor even as the Bulls or Celtics give them a good thrashing in the first round. Then let Donnie Walsh — you’d better hope it’s Walsh — work some more magic in the offseason to start putting role players that fit around Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Let Billups and D’Antoni really get on the same page. Let it all come together.

Then next year at this time you can say it was a mistake and call for D’Antoni’s head.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    im sorry i dont like coaches that dont teach d, that let skinny guys play center for long periods. i dont like coaches that dont protect the team players. but its not personal i just dont like his conception of basketball

  2. ocgunslinger - Mar 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    I think Jerry West is one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet as far as understanding basketball. That being said I will hope Melo tanks big time as he thinks he has a great game but only competes in one half of the game when on the court. Chauncey Billups is a better overall player than Melo and along with Amare are two reasons I would like to see the Knicks be competitive in the near future. Maybe they could trade Melo and end up with a really good team.

  3. starks3 - Mar 24, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    “New Yorkers need to try and savor even as the Bulls or Celtics give them a good thrashing in the first round. ”

    He Kurt NYC is 2-0 vs. the Bulls, just a friendly reminder…..

  4. dysraw1 - Mar 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    yeah and we aint scared of the heat either

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