1. Fact or Fiction: The Melo trade, as constructed, was a mistake.
2. Fact or Fiction: The Knicks will eventually form their own Big Three.Robert Silverman, Knickerblogger: Fact. I hated the trade when it was made, mainly due to a disturbingly personal affection for Danilo Gallinari and the rumors that Deron Williams would have been a NYer had the Knicks not caved. Melo's a great scorer (and much more fun to watch/root for than I expected), but if there's a hard cap going forward, the Melo/Amare contracts and redundant skill sets mean no championship for this team.
3. Fact or Fiction: Landry Fields is a legitimate starter for a contender.Robert Silverman, Knickerblogger: Fiction. If New Orleans decides to move Chris Paul, there will be far superior offers out there. The 'Bockers already cashed in their chips to acquire Melo. I'd like to think CP3 would hold out 'til free agency and play for fewer ducats than he could garner elsewhere. I'd also like to think Phil Jackson will descend from the Black Hills to put a nice circular bow on his illustrious career. Alas, neither will come to pass.
4. Fact or Fiction: This is the final season in New York for Mike D'Antoni.John Kenney, Knickerblogger: Fact. But probably not on a team that features Carmelo Anthony. On a team with good spacing and great ball movement, Fields is quite valuable. I think he'd have been incredible on last season's Mavericks. However, the inclusion of iso-Melo doesn't jibe with Landry's free-flowing style, a problem which often left him looking lost and confused post-trade.
5. Fact or Fiction: The Knicks are a top-four team in the East.Patrick Hayes, Piston Powered: Fact. I can't imagine the team would've hired Mike Woodson -- who clearly wants another head-coaching gig -- as an assistant coach if D'Antoni's long-term prospects were sound. If the Knicks start sluggish, there won't be much patience for D'Antoni.
Devin Kharpertian, Nets Are Scorching: Fiction. Last I checked, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando are all still in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have a long way to go before they can lay claim to a top-four spot.