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Ujiri: We got killed in trade

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08:14 AM ET 02.24 | Backed into a corner, to say nothing of the public nature of the 'Melodrama, the Nuggets were able to pull in quite a bit for Carmelo Anthony. Surprisingly, Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri doesn't look at it that way. "We feel we got killed in the trade because we lost a couple of pretty good players," Ujiri said. "Obviously, Carmelo Anthony. I feel sad for the city of Denver. I feel bad that this was done on my watch. To lose a guy like that. And also Chauncey [Billups]. But I think we had to do it." That's heavy stuff. But Ujiri is well aware how important superstars are to winning in the NBA. He traded one Tuesday, knowing Anthony had asked to be dealt and he wasn't going to re-sign with the team this summer when he could have become a free agent.

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February 24, 2011  08:18 AM ET

not really....I like what ya got back more than giving up Melo...You can get Billups back soon enough...

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February 24, 2011  08:42 AM ET

They lost a star and they lost the hometown kid. I can see where he's coming from.

February 24, 2011  08:43 AM ET

This Ujiri guy has some galls. We wanted a simple trade for Melo but he got greedy and asked for our house so he was compelled to add more from his end and he foolishly gave up a championship caliber point guard in Billups. He also helped Knicks chemistry a whole lot by tagging Melo with his trusted Billups.. man is he better than Felton or what? He has to blame himself for this. He made the bed. Now we have a big three... Once they get to understand the intricacies of D'Antoni's system Knicks offense will be on steroids!

February 24, 2011  08:46 AM ET

What the heck did he want? Was he expecting them to throw STAT in there too? This guy sounds like a moron... They couldn't have gotten any more from any other team than what the Knicks gave up.

February 24, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Well maybe not a moron but definitely an optimist.

February 24, 2011  08:56 AM ET

Won't this blow up over the day.....

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February 24, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Can't wait for the NBA Lockout. Its the one sport where I am salivating over a lockout.

February 24, 2011  09:00 AM ET

People will never learn. Denver got a ton of players and a pick for Melo. Cleveland got nothing for Lebron.

February 24, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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Whatever. Let him cry if he wants. It's over now. Carmelo is home and he brought Chauncy Billups with him. I like this. My beloved Knickerbockers' work is not done, but they are well on the way to becoming a true NBA force once again. I loved watching these guys being introduced as NY Knicks yesterday. HA HA HA HA This is beautiful.

Yupp... special thanks to Mr. Dolan for getting this done. Thanks to Isaiah as well but please keep him in the closet. I'm saying this because D'Antoni wouldn't have given Gallo up if Dolan didn't step in. Thanks again Knicks brass. This is deeply appreciated by all your fans.

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February 24, 2011  09:26 AM ET

"We feel we got killed in the trade" - nice message to the guys that are now joining the Nuggets...

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February 24, 2011  09:46 AM ET

You blinked, Bro.

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