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Ex-Nugget is Knicks' golden ticket

Kudos to Denver for its success, but Carmelo Anthony is key to greater NYC treasure

Updated: April 7, 2011, 10:23 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Even when the New York Knicks were losing at a manic pace, losing at a Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas pace, the notion that they had made a bum deal with Denver was not worth the paper Mike D'Antoni's defensive schemes weren't written on.

D'Antoni's newfangled team had dropped nine of 10, George Karl's Nuggets had evolved into a monument to good, can-do chemistry, and still the Carmelo Anthony trade remained one of the best trades in Knicks history.

Why?

"This ...

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