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How to Solve A Problem Like Carmelo

Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:58 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 7:00 pm

Following my first blog entry regarding the Rockies batting woes in late September, I had some bad words to say to some trash talking Phillies fans...which led to CBS blocking my blogging for three months.  Well, believe it or not, when I wrote that blog the Rockies were in the playoff hunt, the Broncos were in the playoff hunt, and the Buffs were in the hunt for a bowl game.  Good thing I was blocked because I probably would have had a bunch of bad words to say about a Broncos team with a now fired coach, a CU team now captainless, and a Rockies team that...well I am pretty pleased with locking up Troy Tulowitzki and Jorge De LaRosa.

With football season dead and gone, and professional soccer no longer masquerading as a Mile High interest now that the Rapids Championship talk has died down, the Nuggets get center stage over a good young Avs team.  Melo is here for now and the Nuggets are hugely underrated.  They have three home losses on the year including what should have been a win over the Spurs.  But for another infamous Manu Ginobili flop, the Nuggets would have wins this year over the Mavs, the Lakers, the Magic and the Spurs.  Even as is, they have an elite resume for a team that has been far from healthy with Kenyon Martin, Birdman, Carmelo and Chauncey all missing time. 

If the Nuggets can string together another strong winning streak before the All-Star break, the Nuggets should certainly consider holding onto Carmelo and taking his talents into the playoffs for one more shot with the current Nuggets team.  With as tough as the Nuggets are at home they would be a difficult draw for almost any team.  What are the alternatives?  Melo, allegedly, would be willing to go to the Knicks right now and sign an extension, but the Knicks don't have the lucrative prospects and draft picks the Nuggets deserve.  The Nets have assets worthy of making the Nuggets abandon the current season and send Melo to the Nets for the reverse of the Kenyon Martin deal that has haunted the Nuggets for so many years now, but Melo has said he doesn't want to sign the extension for a team without talent to win right now.  Why would Carmelo want to transport himself back to 2004 when he needed to drag the Nuggets into the playoffs on his back?  Then there are the contenders who are looking for the knockout punch by picking up Melo.  The Magic and Mavs would love to have him, but how much would they realistically send back to Denver?  Any way you look at it, Melo is hard to move, so do the easy and obvious thing and keep him in Denver.  Sell as many seats as possible the rest of the year.  Hope for another good playoff run like the 2009 campaign.  However this ends up, it's not a Mutumbo situation no matter what anyone says.  Bernie Bickerstaff let a franchise building player go who would have had no problem staying in Denver.  Melo apparently does have a big problem with staying in Denver but is playing hard for this team, so take the effort while he's here and then move on.

Category: NBA
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