Thursday, 21 October 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (10/21/10)
According to reports it appears that talks between the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony are back on. Just when you thought 'Through The Wire' was getting sick of reporting on it and it was smiles all round for the silenced 'melo and Denver Nuggets. According to Slamonline's sources from ESPN New York are making 'significant progress' in making concrete dreams out of Carmelo Anthony. This new start for the Madison Square Garden inhabitants could come after their Jersey neighbour Nets failed to break new ground with Anthony. The Knicks may look to swing a multi-team deal like their Hudson partners tried which could involve rising talent Anthony Randolph and the expiring contract and hope of Eddy Curry. Carmelo still expects to be with Denver as the season begins but if this Anthony for Anthony deal comes off it may not be long before 'Melo's breathing new air, albeit air a little bit less fresh. With that infamous three year extension still unsigned, the free agent to be may be let go by Denver as they look for any Nuggets they can pick up in return. It seems now the only thing stopping Carmelo opting for Stoudemire and the Knicks is a dinner with Charles Oakley.
The San Antonio Spurs may be getting on a bit (Check our Southwest Division Preview http://basketball244882.blogspot.com/2010/10/previewing-season-western-conference_9167.html for more) but they've still opted to go over the hill one more time. The Spurs have exercised their contract option on guard George Hill, keeping his around for at least another 82. This fourth year option comes after an impressive three years from Hill which saw him climb to averages of 12.4 points and 3.6 assists last season. Hill is quickly becoming one of San Antonio's most beloved sons and he's already a favourite of Pop's. The San Antonio coach can be assured of depth in the backcourt for this ageing but still forever young feeling franchise.
Magic Johnson is not only selling his shares with the Lakers he's also giving up sharing rounds of coffee. The revolutionary basketball/business man is selling all his Starbucks franchises in the Los Angeles district. 105 to be exact, now that's a lot of coffee. Ever the entrepreneur still however, Magic isn't giving up in the business and sports world. As he says he's making good business sense. It's Magic's dream to bring an NFL franchise to L.A. With his money, savvy and record this dream is no illusion. Besides if one of the hottest cities in America can have an ice hockey franchise the Kings and the champions can certainly make way for an American Football team to take the throne. There just wont be much room in the Staples Centre with the Clips too. TIM DAVID HARVEY.