look guys, clearly there are 2, if not more very passionate camps regarding the swap of young, team/role players with potential... and the proven scorer/star. some love the trade and would do it over and over again... others hate the trade and desperately wish time machines existed... while others have some feelings on one side or the other, but are trying to take the high and patient road waiting for donnies (or isaiahs) next moves.
what i'm interested in doing in this post... is starting an all out war. what i want is to hear are peoples impassioned arguments FOR or AGAINST bringing in a 3rd star of the CP3, deron or howard ilk.
and for the purposes of this post, let's assume moves can be made, and the new CBA will set a cap that allows us to bring in a 3rd "star".
now before i state my claim, let me first say that i fall in the "wishing for a time machine" camp regarding the 'melo acquisition. i was not for it before, i definitely wasn't for it after we found out how much we gave up... and i still have my considerable doubts that he is the kind of player who will bring us a championship. simply put, i don't like his game or his swag, nor do i think of him as a "superstar"... though i do acknowledge his undeniable skill of scoring the basketball... and i will most certainly continue to root for him and our knicks as we move forward, gladly eating my words if and when HE EARNS my appreciation by changing his tune, expanding his game and winning us games.
now, having said my piece regarding the trade... i absolutely DO NOT WANT ANOTHER STAR!... and no, not even dwight... i don't want the ego that comes with "stardom"... i don't want the lack of cap room that comes with "stardom"... i don't want the billboards and media attention that come with "stardom"... and i don't want the kind of basketball that comes with dueling stars.
i want to spend the remainder of our money on MULTIPLE players who compliment the 2 dynamic scorers we have. i accept 'melo (reluctantly) and stat and want a bruising, intimidating center who rebounds, switches well, blocks shots, fills up the lane and brings every-night intensity... and i want a floor leader point guard who can defend, distribute, push the ball, penetrate and isn't abominable from downtown (and i don't think this is the version of billups we have... who i don't think wants to be in NY, nor with 'melo any more).
so which side are you on? 1 more star? or 2-3 more average to slightly above average players? and feel free to complain that it's "not that simple" and that there are many other factors to consider... me? i'm just not a huge "star" fan... i like rooting for teams. if i wanted to root for lone stars, i'd follow tennis.