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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

‘Melo Trade Hype Reaches Philly

Apparently there’s no more reason to follow the Sixers.

That was the worthless message on the sports radio this morning, at least on 97.5. Now that Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the Knicks to play with Amar'e Stoudemire the 76ers have no hope of winning for the next decade, according to the brilliance of Dan Schwartzman. The night time talker is currently partnered with Harry Mayes, who agreed with the premise.

To be fair, this is typical Philadelphia media coverage of the Sixers whenever they show signs of life. The easy story line is that the Sixers suck, so the talkers go with it.

I must have missed all the NBA Finals that went through Denver, Anthony’s now former team. Or maybe Stoudemire will lead the supposed obvious championship train that will be running through New York. After all, he won so many titles as a member of a much better Suns team.

Oh, wait. No he didn’t.

In fact, didn’t some people think Denver needed to be planning a parade when Allen Iverson went there? Hope city planners didn’t waste much time on that.

Yes, the Knicks more than likely just got a lot better, though I’m not convinced Chauncey Billups wasn’t the most important part of the trade. I’m even less convinced the Knicks win any championships with their current roster.

That said, nothing in the NBA last 3 years any more, let alone 10.

Besides that, the Sixers shouldn’t even be concerned about who they’ll be competing with for a championship yet. They’re an improving team that seems to have people in charge that actually have a clue this year. They don’t need to worry about how to add an “in name only” superstar.

If the “super team” really is the wave of the future – something that’s doubtful – there’s no reason to think a team owned by Comcast won’t compete.

The hype over the ‘Melo trade will be gone before the Finals ever start because the Knicks will be at home.

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