Carmelo Anthony is a New York Knick, which means the basketball world can turn its attention back to the action on the floor and prepare for the road to the playoffs. And while the Carmelo trade speculation is finally over, the after effects are just beginning – especially for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks, were of course, the “lucky” team to draw Anthony’s debut as a Knick in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The place will be electric and rest assured Melo and Amar’e Stoudemire will look to put on an offensive show. But hey, maybe ESPN will decide to pick up coverage on that game and Milwaukee can get another chance on national TV.
The good news is the Knicks are going to be unfamiliar with each other and thin on the bench. No Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton or Wilson Chandler means the Bucks will have a chance to beat up their bench when given the chance. It should also be a good chance for the Bucks to get going offensively as the Knicks’ defense has holes all over the place.
Still, in a season where the Bucks can’t catch a break, playing in New York on Anthony’s debut is just another cruel reminder of the tough luck. But while the world holds its collective breath for Anthony’s Broadway debut, the Bucks will benefit from the same trade tonight.
In a much less heralded portion of the Anthony trade, Corey Brewer was silently shipped out of Minnesota and Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph were shipped in. That’s great news for the Bucks on all fronts as they head into tonight’s game with the Timberwolves.
Minnesota is clearly a team the Bucks need to beat, especially at home, but it became an even easier task when news came that the T-Wolves shipped out its best perimeter defender and biggest fast-break threat. The result should mean more open three-point looks tonight and less outlet passes for Kevin Love to make after he rips down his 40 rebounds or whatever he plans on getting.
So while the Bucks will have to find a way to navigate through the nerves, excitement and offensive onslaught awaiting them Wednesday; they should have an easier time discarding the Timberwolves tonight.
Meanwhile, Michael Redd participated in practice with the team today and it was great to see him out there on video. While the last two years he was healthy involved a lot of questionable shots and poor defense, he is still one of the franchise’s greatest players and an overall class act. Team doctors are reported to have circled March 8th as his return date.
The trade deadline is looming and the Nets are guaranteed to make a move. Devin Harris will be gone, but will it be Danilo Gallinari or Andre Miller that they end up getting? … There are very faint rumors of Corey Maggette possibly being moved to a team with a large trade exception (ie: Cleveland, Toronto), but I don’t see any moves on the horizon. If a move were to happen, it would be nice to see the expiring contract of Jamario Moon come to the Bucks. They rank last in the league in dunks and if that man can do one thing, it’s throw down.