and a nightmare for the Knicks. Carmelo Carmela would not have had as much of a positive impact on the Nets other key players (Lopez, Humphries, Morrow, Outlaw, etc. )in comparison to Deron in the immediate or in the long run. He would have had a negative vibe since he would have been forced to "settle" for the Nets as opposed to the "Duh Garden." His lackluster effort on defense and rebounding would have rub off on the other players and "muddy" Avery's celebration for sure. Additionally, we would have been in worse off shape as far as cap flexibility to improve in the near future since we would have taken additional bad contracts to seal the deal and be in position that would have force us to pay a 35 years old point guard 14 million dollars next year. A very understated point is that we will be able to sign Deron to the NEW CBA-FRIENDLY Max Player extension as opposed to Carmelo's NEW CBA BURDENSOME 3 years 65 million extension.
Knicks, on th other hand, had a much more versatile and balanced team before Carmela. Now the team is too top-heavy with no Bigs to speak of and more importantly, the two top stars (Carmela and Amare) have the same flaws (lack of defense, passing, rebounding) and attributes (scoring which the Knicks already had in abundance). In short, they do not compliment each other to maximize the team’s performance a la Wade and Lebron. To make matters worse, the Knicks have the worse coach to mesh this new team and to deal withs its primary weakness defense in Antoni. I feared the old Knicks team more than this team and the Nets are much more an improved team. I look forward to this rivalry for the next few years and that is why I think it would be a classic "Prokhorov move" to obtain one of the previous Knicks (Chandler/Gallo) to haunt them for years.