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Knicks Finally Land Carmelo Anthony, Beating Out Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov
Published February 22, 2011
ON THE LEAD GUITAR: The N.Y. POST's Berman cites sources as saying that as "negotiations for Anthony heated up in Los Angeles with Dolan, Walsh bolted for Indiana to see his family during All-Star Weekend." One source said that Walsh "packed up and left because he was irritated and felt it was a waste of time being in New York since trade negotiations were taking place in Los Angeles without him, and with Thomas advising Dolan." Another league source indicated that Thomas "wanted to make the deal more than Walsh did" (N.Y. POST, 2/22). Also in N.Y., Mike Lupica writes after Walsh "made the Knicks viable and watchable again, Dolan shoved him out of the way to make this deal happen." Dolan "clearly lets Thomas talk him into giving the Nuggets whatever they want" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/22). But ESPN N.Y.'s Stephen A. Smith wrote, "The people who run this franchise would have looked like buffoons for perpetuity had they not pulled the trigger and gotten Melo to Gotham City. This is what New York needed. This is what this city wanted. This is who the Knicks absolutely had to have if they were going to transform themselves from abysmal to mediocre to respectable and beyond" (ESPNNY.com, 2/22). ESPN N.Y.'s Ian O'Connor: "This is a great deal for the Knicks, a greater moment for their fan base" (ESPNNY.com, 2/22).
AIR BALL? In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence writes, "There is no other way to sum it up: Monday night was another bad night for the Nets under Prokhorov. ... Prokhorov is all talk. No action. Under Prokhorov, the Nets haven't done a thing." It is "not entirely Prokhorov's fault," since there is "nothing in Brooklyn now for the best players in the game to come to." Lawrence: "Maybe when the arena is finished, that's when Prokhorov will be able to convert his vast fortune into some NBA superstars. But not yet" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/22). Also in N.Y., Stefan Bondy writes if Prokhorov has "accomplished anything in his brief tenure as Nets owner, it's establishing a real, impassioned rivalry with the Knicks, specifically with ownership." But after "another failed pursuit, many of Prokhorov's grand declarations now seem hollow" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/22).