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‘Melo wants CP3 in New York. Isn’t this why there’s a lockout?

Oct 21, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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This news is not surprising. In fact, I’d be shocked if Carmelo Anthony didn’t say he wants Chris Paul to play for the Knicks. It’s been on the radar since ‘Melo’s wedding and New Yorkers are salivating.

But it also has lockout undertones. It helps explains why we are here.

First, the quote from the New York Post.

“If it works out and he comes here and they allow him to come here, you’ll see a smile from ear to ear,” Anthony said during an appearance in Greenwich Village. “It’s not just me. It’s everybody [in New York]. If he decides to leave New Orleans and goes somewhere else, they’ll be feeling the same way I’m feeling.”

Paul can opt out of his contract with the Hornets after next season and become an unrestricted free agent. Virtually every team in the NBA would have interest; Paul is an elite point guard who you can build around.

But the thought of him leaving a small market for a big one like New York is part of the reason we are sitting without basketball a couple weeks away from when the season should have started. Splitting up the revenue is the big issue, but those “system” and “competitive balance” issues the owners keep talking about come back to things like this.

What LeBron James did — when he held all the power and went to a team loaded with talent — scared small market owners. What Carmelo Anthony did — by holding Denver hostage and forcing a trade to where he wanted — scared small market owners.

Those owners want to prevent that situation. They do not want more CP3 in New York and they want a system that makes sure of it.

You need to get a hold of one of about 10 elite players in the NBA if you are serious about winning an NBA title. Small market owners fear they cannot hold on to those guys and they point to LeBron and ‘Melo as evidence. Small market owners want a system where they think they can keep those guys and they want it to be easier to put move role players in and out around them.

It’s all a fallacy — those small market teams could keep the big stars if they handled it right (see Tim Duncan in San Antonio, see Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City). Also, small markets spend like big markets when they have these stars (see the Cavaliers with LeBron. And regardless of the system, free agents are going to go to contenders, big markets and warm weather cities. Why do you think the Lakers have been a free agent draw for years — fun city, great weather and marketing opportunities. Those things do not go away because of a luxury tax.

But sure, ‘Melo wants Chris Paul in New York. We’ve known that since his wedding. It’ just going to be a lot harder to pull off, now.

  1. luckysunday20 - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I think Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant have completely different temperaments than the Lebron’s and Melo’s of the world that’s why they work in the small markets.

  2. troy10 - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    sorry.. if James and Bosh didn’t go to MIAMI… mistyped.

  3. ogre2010 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Kurt, get over it dude!! Pick up a new hobby or something. Why are you defending these NBA stars that don’t care about you in any way, shape or form?

  4. ogre2010 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Kurt, get over it dude!! Pick up a new hobby or something. Why are you defending these NBA stars that don’t care about you in any way, shape or form?

  5. troy10 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I just don’t see how you can point to Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant. Those two are exceptions to the rule because of the type of personalities that have.
    They’re not out to conquer the world or be a “global icon” or the next Warren Buffet. They just want to play basketball. That’s their focus. Sure, they have endorsements, but do you see them on TV like you do Lebron??
    They’ve been on record as saying they don’t like big cities. Tim Duncan is from the Virgin Islands and never wanted the bright lights of a “big market”.

    You can say what you want about everything else.. but to use Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant as examples was just too easy and had obviously no thought behind it. I don’t think many people would classify either one of those two as “me first” type guys. That’s why they’re the exception and not the rule. The rule is Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudamire, Daron Williams, Chris Bosh.. and coming soon.. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. And if James and Bosh didn’t go to Miami.. you would have been able to add Dwayne Wade to that list as well.

    So.. try writing this article again.. and see if you can pick two different examples instead of Durant and Duncan… I’m betting you couldn’t do it.

  6. marcusfitzhugh - Oct 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Not only does Melo want CP3, but I’m sure he’d like Dwight Howard to play in NY too. I’m not sure that’s news or the reason for the lockout. Every team in the league would like CP3, Howard, Melo, Amare, Kobe, LBJ, Durant, Duncan, Nowitzki, and every other “true” NBA superstar. I believe the reason for the lockout is to negotiate a CBA to replace the one that expired. The players are happy with the current arrangement. Some owners are losing money, so they (specifically the owners losing money) would like a different agreement (I’m pretty sure Jerry Buss, Mark Cuban, James Dolan, Micky Arison and some other owners are quite happy with the status quo). That doesn’t make either party wrong. It merely means the owners and player reps haven’t found a way to make both parties happy yet.

    Rather than writing an article that plays the blame game, think about this – In the past, Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee and Barkley wanted out of Phoenix. Did they ruin the league? No. Neither did Melo who wanted out of Denver or LBJ who wanted out of Cleveland. When a player’s contract is up, they have a right to negotiate the best deal they can. It’s the responsibility of teams like Denver and Cleveland to make their team “desirable” for players to play in. Lets not start dreaming up reasons for the lockout. It’s about money. Times are tough and the owners want more. The players also want more. Since the income generated from basketball is fixed, one of those two groups is going to be disappointed.

    If the numbers are trustworthy, basketball generated about $3.9 billion last year. The 450 NBA players got about $2.2B and the 30 owners got about $1.7B. Look at those numbers and explain why fans should care one way or the other. We’re just here for the entertainment. If these two groups can’t agree and they remove OUR entertainment, trust me, fans will find something else to do with their money.

    • leearmon - Oct 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      Amen brother.

  7. balleriq - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Way true, but I love basketball, and theres no other place you can get this quality pro ball aside from the NBA right now.

  8. sasquash20 - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    I hate Melo. He is softer then a 12 year old girl

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