Spike Lee Says Carmelo Will be a Knick

From the New York Post:

Knicks season-ticket holder Spike Lee, from his seat on celebrity row last night, acknowledged his friendship with fellow Brooklynite Carmelo Anthony and delivered his wish for the coming year.

“I have just one sentence for you,” Lee told The Post before the Knicks’ 100-95 loss to the Trail Blazers in their home opener. “Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks if God is willing and the creek don’t rise.”

An old saying meaning a goal will be achieved as outside forces do not wreak havoc, “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise” is also the title of Lee’s latest documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Lee attended Anthony’s wedding in July. The Post reported earlier this month that Anthony has told Lee the Knicks are far and away his top choice, and Lee has informed team president Donnie Walsh. Lee declined comment on the report.

The Knicks’ free-agent Plan B, point guard Tony Parker, is off the market. Parker announced yesterday he has signed a four-year contract extension with the Spurs worth $50 million.

Let’s hope Spike is right.  The Knicks could certainly use Carmelo right now.  If I were Melo, I’d force a trade to the Knicks.

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Sources: Melo Hesitant About Nets, Wants To Force Trade To Knicks

From Real GM:

Sources close to Carmelo Anthony tell Chris Broussard that the star forward is reluctant to agree to a trade to the Nets, which he can essentially veto by refusing to sign a long-term contract extension with New Jersey.

Anthony, the sources say, is willing to hold out until the trade deadline in an attempt to force Denver to deal him to the Knicks. The thinking is that the Nuggets would accept New York’s offer rather than risk losing Anthony for nothing in the summer.

A good start by the Nets, who are now 2-0 on the young season, might change Anthony’s mind.

However, Real GM previously said the Nuggets don’t want to trade him to the Knicks.

A source close to the situation tells ESPN that the Nuggets prefer not to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, who are presumed to be the superstar’s preferred destination.

The Knicks continue to pursue Anthony and have tried to enlist the Blazers to facilitate a three-team trade. So far Portland has made Nicolas Batum off limits in any scenario.

Denver feels that the Nets will keep their offer of Derrick Favors and draft picks on the table through the trade deadline in February.

The Nuggets remain likely to deal Anthony rather than face losing him to free agency in the off-season.

I’ll say it again.  I’m not optimistic about a deal getting done anytime soon, but I think Carmelo will be a Knick sooner or later.  Let’s hope it happens.

Melo: ‘It’s A Time For Change’

From Real GM:

Carmelo Anthony made perhaps his most revealing public comments to date concerning the stalemate between him and the Denver Nuggets.

“They [Nuggets management] want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it’s way beyond this year. It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM, Josh [Kroenke], the players. For me, I feel it’s a time for change,” Anthony said.

“If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay,” he continued.

Sources say Anthony is worried about joining a team that has gutted its roster to acquire him, and one source doesn’t think he has warmed much to the idea of playing for the Nets.

Anthony has the Knicks and Bulls at the top of his wish list. Sources say the Knicks don’t have the assets to make a credible offer and the Nuggets didn’t have a lot of interest in acquiring Luol Deng and his large contract.

Yet the Nuggets are still expected to deal Anthony before the trade deadline rather than risk losing him without compensation next summer.

Anthony continues to maintain that he is not as concerned about money as he is in controlling his destiny. And he says that he does not dwell on the maximum-salary extension offer from Denver that remains on the table.

“I can’t go out there playing and thinking like that. I won’t be able to be as effective as I can be out there thinking like that,” he said.

I dont get how Denver can put Carmelo on the court when they know he doesnt want to be there. You are just teasing your fans and fooling yourself. It would be better for both sides to make the trade now and move on with what they have this season instead of waiting until the trade deadline or after the season when Denver will get nothing.

We love you, but please take off that hat.

Source: Joe Torre to be Next MLB Commissioner

Bud Selig won’t last forever.  Eventually the commissioner will have to step down.  Yesterday, a reliable direct source told New York Sports Zone that Joe Torre is likely to become the next commissioner of Major League Baseball.  The source said, “Nothing is imminent, but it is the likely scenario.”  According to the source, it’s not a done deal yet, but it is going to eventually happen.

Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news, rumors, and updates.

UPDATE:  According to the same source, the internal plan is to have Joe Torre take over in time for the 2012 season.

Meet Your New Commissioner

Shut Up Lebron

Seriously, is this guy’s goal to be the most hated man in America?  He’s pretty much accomplished that already.  It’s truly pathetic to see Lebron play the victim card and pretend like he doesn’t know what he did wrong.

Five Ways to Deal With the Heat

We all know what it takes to win: superstars. The Miami Thrice coming together was once viewed as the worst possible scenario. Then Lebron made his decision. After that, many thought they were going to have to fill out the rest of the team with D-Leaguers. They were wrong.  For over three months now, people have been scraping for any excuse they could find they could find to feel better about themselves. Many thought the same about the Celtics three years ago.

Tonight, competitiveness goes in a long period of hibernation. This team is much better than you think.  Here is how people will try to deal with the Heat wave.

1. Denial – People will try to make excuses about why this team won’t work and such.

2. Anger – People will get angry and even threaten to stop watching basketball.

3. Envy – People will wish injury on one or more of the new big three.

4. Depression – People will lose all hope in professional sports and will ignore anything to do with Lebron, the Heat, or Miami in general.

5. Acceptance – Some people will accept the fact that the Heat are the best team in basketball and will probably win the next few NBA Titles.

Mid-Week News

– Sandy Alderson is the new Mets General Manager.

– Bobby Valentine has decided to manage the Brewers, ending a possible return to the Mets.

– The Yankees declined their team options for Kerry Wood, Lance Berkman and Nick Johnson.

– The Yankees and Joe Girardi are close to a three year deal worth $9-$10 million

– According to Jack Curry, the Yankees have internally discussed how much they would pay for Cliff Lee.

Welcome to the Mets, Sandy.