They’re Knicks now which is bittersweet for both the Nuggets and the Knicks. The Nuggets knew Melo wasn’t going to stay in Denver, and were able to close a huge deal with the Knicks. Unfortunately for Denver, they traded away the core of their team. Melo was their superstar and Chauncey Billups is a homegrown Colorado fan favorite. The Knicks finally got their second superstar, but they gave up too much in return. The dark horse of this trade is my dude, Chauncey Billups. Now Mr. Big Shot is on his last legs, but this guy is still a star. He knows how Melo works and is highly adaptable and most importantly he knows how to win. He only has a season or two left in the tank, but he is going to be the kickstart that gets this team’s chemistry going. He was an NBA finals MVP and he turned the Nuggets into contenders for the first time in a long time. When the Nuggets starting point Guard was Allen Iverson, the team had a lot of talent but was a total mess. A.I. was a really negative influence on the team through gambling and drinking. When Chauncey was dealt to the Nuggets, he immediately became that leader the team needed. Chauncey was a no nonsense kind of guy. Melo and the team stopped going out for nights out on the town and started dressing up in suits for press conferences. Chauncey was able to lead the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals in 2009. Unfortunately this is as far as the Nuggets team would get under the Billups/Melo regime. The Nuggets invested in a good team, but refused to pony up and buy the second big man they really needed. The formula wasn’t right and Melo realized he would never win a Championship and Denver and he wanted out. Now Chauncey and Melo are in New York. Billups will keep A’mare and Melo in line in New York and the Knicks will be a very solid team come playoff time.