On Monday, after months of speculation, close calls and near misses, the season-long drama surrounding NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony finally came to a close when it was announced that he had been traded to the New York Knicks. The trade involved a blockbuster three-team deal involving 11 different players, a sundry of draft picks and $3 million in cash.
And that announcement was greeted with much rejoicing by long-suffering hoops fans in New York City, who finally have hope that their beloved Knicks can end their 40-year championship drought with the tandem of ’Melo and Amar’e Stoudemire a ton of cap room and a potentially scintillating free-agent class in 2012.
But before he packed his bags for NYC, Anthony spoke about his potential move to MTV News on Sunday, hours before the tip-off of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. And even then, he seemed to signify that big things were in the works.
“I mean, I think right now, people got to do what they got to do. At the end of the day, people want to win, and I guess some people feel like they can’t do it by their selves,” Anthony said. “You can’t win a championship by yourself, so you start seeing teams forming up, creating the tandems that they need and the players they need, and trying to go out there and compete.”
Anthony then added, with a smile, “It’s going to be a big weekend, man.”
And those sentiments were echoed by Anthony’s wife, actress and former MTV on-air talent La La Vazquez, who didn’t let on that the continuous coverage of her husband’s situation was weighing on her. She was just focused on having a good time during the celeb-filled All-Star weekend , and determined to let the chips fall where they may.
“This weekend is amazing and so much fun,” she said. “I am literally running off zero sleep. It’s been nonstop parties and fun.”