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A debate unworthy of the name

Serious yakkage on sports-blab radio this morning about who's the better player, Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

Altogether now: Child, please.

This is no debate at all. LeBron is either the best player in the game or the second best (to Kobe). Carmelo is a dazzling offensive talent but isn't in LeBron's league as a defender, passer or rebounder.

So why are we talking about this?

Two reasons: One, Carmelo and the Knicks (or perhaps we should say, Chauncey Billups and the Knicks) went down to Miami last weekend and beat LeBron and the Heat. Two, it's the New York Effect -- anyone who gets traded to the Big Apple from the hinterlands automatically gains stature points whether he deserves them or not.

Bottom line, though, is that Carmelo is exactly the same player he was when he was wearing Nuggets powder-blue. And when he was, no one would have seriously put him on the same level as LeBron -- not even the Knicks, who were courtingt LeBron last summer, not Carmelo.

That is all.

Ben Smith's blog.

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