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An all-time great deal for New York

In getting Melo, the Knicks made themselves better in both the short and long run

Updated: February 25, 2011, 7:40 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Carmelo Anthony is not Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, but he is a New York Knick who embodies a brave new world of possibilities for a franchise forever leading the league in dysfunction and doubt.

This is a great deal for the Knicks, a greater moment for their fan base. It doesn't matter if Jim Dolan and Isiah Thomas pushed this trade with Denver a lot harder than Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni pushed it, because it's one of the best trades this team has made since Eddie Donovan acquired ...

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