Originally Posted by Mile High Crew
You can't just leave the Denver Nuggets past behind on how terrible they were before Carmelo, but we need to see the facts on what if Melo left this Nuggets franchise. Will this team be better or worse without him? If you have two superstars on one team that aren't willing to give the ball up from time to time you won't be able to win a championship. The Boston Celtics have three superstars on that team and the reason why they are playing well is because of their abilities to play the game unselfishly. Melo is used to playing a ball hog type of basketball, since he was at Syracuse because no one really helped him out and the first seasons with the Nuggets he had to do pretty much everything on his own. Now he has players to compliment him, but he is not using them. A.I. has the same problem when he was in Philly where no one did anything except him.
When A.I. left Philly, there was no doubt that the fans were disappointed, but they knew if they wanted to win a championship they had to move on and become a team that can play as a team. And now Philly has gotten into the playoffs with a team that plays like a team should and has many bright years to come.
Just because they made the playoffs this year as the 7th seed does not mean that they got where they are because they played like a "team", especially with a record like 40-42. Atlanta made the playoffs too this year with a horrible record of 37-45, does that also mean that they made the playoffs because they too played like a "team"?. It doesn't matter if Philly played better as a team than Denver did because at the end of the day they are not a very good team and they did not get it going until the 2nd half of the season, but they're a work in progress for sure and were very fortunate to have been playing in the weak ass Eastern Conference otherwise, had it been like any other season, they, along with Atlanta, might not have made the playoffs with a bogus record like that, even if they played "much better" as a team without AI. :) Also if Philly wishes to have a bright future then the 1st thing they need to do is not lose their 2 best players, Iguadala and Miller, this off-season.
Finally, my answer to "Would you trade Melo?" is why? why would you trade a 23 year old superstar who is one of the top scorers in the league? is it because he is a liabilty defensively? Trading him would be one of the dumbest moves in Nuggets history because he is only going to continue to improve more and more each year. Coaches are alot easier to replace than players, so why not get rid of Karl and get a coach who will whoop Melo into shape and get him playing some defense?.