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Power Rankings: Reflecting current reality, not hopes and dreams

by | CBSSports.com Senior NBA Blogger

The supposed match made in heaven between Carmelo Anthony and Mike D'Antoni sours within a year. (Getty Images)  
The supposed match made in heaven between Carmelo Anthony and Mike D'Antoni sours within a year. (Getty Images)  

Updated March 14

You either love or hate the trade deadline.

If you hate phrases like "sources say," "according to reports" and "in discussions," then you should just bury your head in the sand for a week. (Or go watch March Madness Live on CBSSports.com!) But if you love the idea of the hypothetical, then trade week is incredible. So many possibilities for how the season can go.

And that's the point we're getting to in this season. Hope. How can things change for a team to make the playoffs, win the Finals, get better in three years, make an impact now. It's all about the possibility of improvement. That's what the deadline means.

But a lot of times things just don't work out how we want. Take the Knicks. A year ago, they traded for Carmelo Anthony, and Knicks fans were planning parades and celebrating their rise out of the mire of the Isiah Thomas era. A year later and Mike D'Antoni is gone, Anthony is unhappy and the team chemistry is in ruins. So no, the home-run trades don't always work out. If there were a power rankings for ridiculous front-office decision-making, they would be No. 1. As it stands, one of the top payroll teams has fired its coach and seems divided over the star it mortgaged its roster for.

That's how quickly things can change.

As the trade deadline approaches this week, the Knicks will not be making any moves. But they should stand as an example that even with all this hope, be careful what you wish for.


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