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Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 9:34 pm
NEWARK, N.J. – Few players in the NBA have a better perspective on Carmelo Anthony’s erstwhile flirtation with becoming a New Jersey Net than Jason Kidd

Kidd, the player who revived the Nets franchise with back-to-back Finals appearances, was making his first appearance as an opposing player in his former team’s temporary home at the Prudential Center Saturday night. Kidd, who was traded to Dallas at the February 2008 trade deadline under somewhat similar circumstances facing Anthony, said he hasn’t spoken with Melo about the situation. But Kidd didn’t have to; he painted a pretty thorough picture to reporters of the dilemma that Anthony was wrestling with before the proposed trade to New Jersey blew up this past week. 

As to Issue No. 1, the Nets’ future home in Brooklyn, Kidd provided the grim perspective that only a player could have. 

“Unless it’s built, you can’t believe it,” Kidd said. “That’s the nature of the beast. You look at (Madison Square) Garden, they’re redoing the Garden. So until it’s built, guys can’t believe it. The weather and they’re saying it takes two years … well, I heard the same thing when I was here. So I don’t know how long I’ve been gone, but you can see how long it takes things to get built. If it’s not built, they’re gonna be playing here.” 

Kidd’s point is well taken, and it was a perspective that no doubt bothered Anthony as he dealt with four months of attempts by the Nuggets, the Nets and his representatives at Creative Artists Agency to steer him to New Jersey on the hopes of a future in his native Brooklyn. The announcement that the Nets were moving to a new arena in Brooklyn was first made in 2006, yet ground wasn’t broken on the Barclays Center until last spring. Concrete was poured in June, and the steel started going up in November. As of Jan. 10, construction had reached the suite/concourse level (see photo). It is scheduled to open in time for the 2012-13 season.

But players are realists, and believe in things they can see (like an arena) or touch (like a giant stack of money or All-Star teammates.) 

“I was very fortunate,” Kidd said. “When I was here, I had great teammates and a president (Rod Thorn) who knew what he was doing. So that makes your job a whole lot easier.” 

Kidd was asked if there’s a New Jersey stigma among potential trade targets and free agents around the league. If the question were a basketball, Kidd would have dribbled it out of bounds. 

“Um, I, you know, it’s a, it’s a great state,” Kidd said. “One, Jersey’s great. It’s close to the city, great restaurants, great people, great fans. Unfortunately, you have the Turnpike from the airport and that’s pretty much all people get to see. Well, if you’re a golfer, you’ve got great golf courses here.” 

Kidd, whose Mavs are expected to at least inquire about what it would take to get Anthony on a rental deal now that the Nets are out of the picture, offered an interesting piece of advice he’d give Anthony if he were advising him. With so much talent concentrated in the Eastern Conference, why wouldn’t Anthony want to stay in the West? 

“If I was his advisor, I wouldn’t want him to go East,” Kidd said. “But if he wants to go back home to New York or if as close as he can get is Jersey, then you wish him the best. But you look at the Eastern Conference, there’s some talent over on this side. Then you look at Jersey, New York or whoever gets him, because somebody’s going to get him in the summer time.” 

That’s where Kidd wound up going back to the original point, which is how similar his situation was when he got traded by the Nets three years ago. For Kidd, the resolution went all the way down to the trade deadline, and he believes Anthony’s will, too. 

“Whenever the trade deadline comes about and goes, that’s the only way it can be solved,” Kidd said. “At the end of the day, he’s going to be there or he’s not.”

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:17 pm

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

It seems the only person this has been a distraction to are Nuggets fans and the Nets organization. Melo is 9th in the league at scoring and Denver is in 7th right now in a very touch western conference and they do not have the greatest team around. Billups is getting up there in age. They have had a lot of injuries and inconsistency. I think with the way they are playing it also shows the amount of respect Melo has for George Karl. I think him not saying anything, he has been doing the right thing. All of the news is either coming out of the Nets organization or the Nuggets, or someone else in between. But Melo is staying nice and quiet saying that it is the GMs job. That he is not talking to other teams. I give him props. Oh yea. I am a Knicks fan :)

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:36 am

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

To Ken Berger, do you realize you write more about what goes on off the court than the actual games these days? During all last season, you were constantly writing about the LeBron James situation. This season, it's been all about Carmelo's situation. How about writing some stories about basketball games? Though you apparently have not noticed, there has been a great season going on now for almost 3 months. Most of us who watch the NBA do so for the games, not these tiresome player soap operas you obviously prefer.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:31 am

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

mrbokc, I don't hold any ill will towards Carmelo Anthony for wanting to change jobs. You're right in that it's just a job to players and they have every right, just like any other working person, to change jobs. However, there is a professional manner to go about it and Anthony has not handled it in a professional way. It has become a complete distraction and it's all people talk about when it comes to the Nuggets. I know at my company, if someone seeking a new job became anywhere near the distraction this has become, that person would find themselves being escorted out the door so everyone else could just focus on their jobs and move on. While I have to hand it to Anthony for not letting this affect his play, I'm pretty sure it's been an unnecessary distraction for the rest of his team.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:34 pm

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

Vapecloud, the problem is that they are not a piece or two from going all the way, especially in the packed West.  They have an aging roster and has window opened and closed there two years ago.  Billups is starting to get up there in age and Dallas, San Antonio, OKC, Utah, and the Lakers are all in better situations and have a better chance to win it all this year.  And some of the teams on the list have really bright futures and if Melo was staying, he would have signed the extension by now.  The same thing happened with Lebron.  And I agree as a Knicks fan that he doesn't take them over the top.  But he adds another viable scoring threat and it does make them a threat in the East.  If they got him plus a big man who can play defense and rebound, then they will be a threat.  But Vapecloud, he is not going to re-sign and the best thing to do would be to trade him and get at least something in return instead of holding on to him and getting knocked out in the first round by the Lakers or Spurs and then getting nothing in return (like the Raptors did with Bosh last year).  The front office in Denver is asking way too much for him and when they felt the Jersey deal wasn't giving them enough, I realized two things:  they won't be satisfied with any trade and they have no idea what they are doing.  The whole situation has been handled really poorly and what will end up happening is they will be stuck with an unhappy player, the distraction over his free agency this summer, and will lose in the first round of the playoffs, and then will do a sign and trade with the Knicks and get minimal in return much like Toronto and Cleveland did with Miami when their stars walked.

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:09 am

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

The headline does not match the story.  There was never any indication in the 'Melo Drama that Anthony doubted the arena would be complete in 2012.  In his interview with Colleen Dominguez, he spoke about "me opening the arena" in 2012.

The arena is on time and on budget.  It is fully funded. There are public documents showing that...specifically a progress report by an outside consultant to the bond holders.   They have been published.  NO ONE has suggested it isn't on time or on budget.  It's just lazy reporting to suggest otherwise.  Even if there were cost overruns (less likely at a time when the economy is bad and there are no problems in securing labor and materials), Prokhorov has agreed to fund the overruns in return for a larger stake (80%) of the arena.  He has the funds.

Kidd was hauled out to Brooklyn for P.R. events during his time with the Nets so his cynicism about all this is understandable.  What isn't understandable is why sports journalists don't pick up a phone or figure how to use the internet to find out what's really going on. 

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:53 am

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

So we are still talking about an individual and his needs during the season which is almost half over. Hmmm. What happened to making demands in the off season? It's almost like David Stern is running a reality show. He figures since there are very few TEAMS that actually play together as such, why not create drama for individuals to keep the NBA in focus even if it hurts TEAM play, cities and their fan base. Sometimes I don't know if I'm watching TMZ or the HILLS when I tune to the NBA... "now back to the game???!!!"

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2011 3:58 am

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

i dont understand why you guys are so hard on him. He wants to leave his current job for his dream job. You guys get to into it. It is just work to these players. If you had the chance to do the same thing i bet you would. At least he is giving denver a chance to trade him. They would not get nothing by losing him as a free agent. I have heard melo called everything on these boards just cause he want to change jobs. ----Disclaimer---(But i am a knick fan and you can call me bias)

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 10:02 pm

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

Berger, you do get an A for effort.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 10:01 pm

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

Melo should do the right thing. There is already a city, team, and fans that love and appreciate you. You are the basketball king of Colorado and the 2nd most popular active athelete in the Rocky Mountain region. The Nuggets are just a piece or two away from going all the way, use your influence to bring a star to Denver along side of you, if you are as great as you think you are.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:56 pm

Kidd: Melo had reason to doubt Brooklyn

It don`t matter where Melo goes self centered players like him never win championships on the pro level.

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