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This could ultimately end up being the Knicks’ undoing when it comes to keeping Anthony. Anthony is seeking council from his peers, most notably Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, and the point of emphasis they’re all likely to make is that it’s vital he goes somewhere he can win immediately.
Anthony has already had an impressive career. Once it’s all said and done, he’s very likely headed to the Hall of Fame, but he doesn’t get the respect he deserves right now because of the fact that he’s only been a part of one extended postseason run in his career. He’s been on teams where he’s simply been required to do too much; one-star teams don’t get far in today’s NBA.
With few prime years left, if Anthony is honest with himself, he’ll realize he has no time to give to even the shortest rebuild. This season has been wasted enough, his resume doesn’t need another like it just because the Knicks can’t make any major moves until 2015.
The HEAT acquired Beverley on draft night 2009 from the Los Angeles Lakers for a future second round pick. After staying overseas for a year, Beverley played with the HEAT’s summer league team and earned an invitation to camp, but was ultimately cut. He returned to overseas until last season when he was signed to a multi-year deal by the Houston Rockets. Since then he’s emerged as a true diamond in the rough and a real difference maker for the Rockets.
Beverley wasn’t able to catch on with the HEAT because he wasn’t as good in 2010 as he was in 2013 when the Rockets signed him most importantly. But, at the time Beverley’s skillset didn’t fit exactly what the HEAT were looking for in a point guard, which was primarily spot up shooting. He’s a much improved shooter now, hitting 37 percent from distance, but it’s safe to say both sides have fared just well since parting ways.
Haberstroh poses an interesting question afterwards on how James would be received in Cleveland if he were to show up and support Ilgauskas, who was the best player he played with during his time on the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers originally had hopes of making a run at James this summer in free agency; by that logic, you would think he’d be embraced with open arms. However, there are still a lot of hurt feelings in Cleveland over the way James left the team and realistically the chances of him returning this season are quite low. That seems like the recipe for a mixed reaction, if James is even able to make it.
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