In Bill Simmon's playoff awards article he posted today on espn.com, there was a humorous reference to Carmelo and the 2003 Championship team, based on the roster Carmelo was faced with on the Knicks at the end of the season. Check it out:
"20. "We used to make sh*t in this country, build sh*t. Now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket."
To Carmelo Anthony, who left behind a significantly better foundation in Denver so he could play with Amare Stoudemire and a glorified D-League team in New York. Watching him handle triple-teams in the Boston series with a slightly overwhelmed, "Wow, even Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick would be an upgrade right now" look on his face was karmic retribution for what happened from July to February. You can't blame a guy for wanting to get paid and wanting to live in Manhattan, but if there's a hard cap coming and/or Stoudemire's body breaks down -- both exceedingly possible -- then Carmelo really WILL become the Evolutionary Bernard King. Right down to the part where Bernard had to waste his prime playing with the likes of Pat Cummings and Darrell Walker. That reminds me ..."