No, No, I'm not saying Melo is not a better player than Lebron, because he isn't, and he certainly isn't a bigger house-hold name. What he is though is a better fit for the goals of the Brooklyn franchise. I decided to write this after watching Melo's interview and then Common's music video for Be, in which Carmelo Anthony returns to Brooklyn and he and his home community mutually embrace one another . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp4_r8_MMho. It got me thinking what Melo in Brooklyn really means. I mean sure we as Nets fans use his King's County connection as our justification on to why Melo will ultimately choose us as we combat obnoxious and often arrogant Knicks fans, however it is something deeper than a mere talking point.
Before we can become a global brand, and before we can win over New York we must win over Brooklyn. All great movements must start from the grass roots up. Carmelo Anthony and Jay-z are Brooklyn. I mean, why is Jay-z such a large part of our franchise with only 1.5% ownership? Yes, he is a global icon and an idol connected to many NBA players, but he is also Brooklyn's pride and joy, as Anthony could be if he brings professional sports back to Brooklyn. Have you ever been to a Jay-z show in NY? When Hov ask "is Brooklyn in the house," the building is sure to erupt. This is because he has represented his roots every step of the way in his career and his community will always recognize him for it. Melo now has the chance to do the same now at the cross roads of his career. Anthony could bring a stronger union between the Nets and Brooklyn greater then any other player. He can be the borough's greatest sports icon since Jackie Robinson. I'm not comparing the legacy or significants of Jackie to anything because he transcends sports, but you catch my drift. Ultimately winning will determine the franchise's success...but Melo doesn't hurt that either.
"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." -Abraham Lincoln