Now that Chris Paul seems unlikely to be traded before the season starts, it's almost 100 percent certain that Anthony Randolph — the Knicks' primary trading chip in a theoretical Hornets trade — will be on the opening-day roster. Good. Randolph, who was almost drafted by the Knicks a couple of years ago, is one of the most tantalizing prospects in the NBA, and the idea of him in a Mike D'Antoni offense has hoop philosophizers Free Darko all atwitter. "As a player, his skills are limitless," wrote Bethlehem Shoals. "Coach Mike D'Antoni talks about the twenty-two year-old like Weapon X; if Amar'e is like a volcanic eruption around the basket, and Gallo a tall, hot-and-cool international emissary, Randolph is several thousands theories of basketball colliding in the same place at the same time." Now that Randolph has met the media, and the trade winds are clear, we can all comfortably sign up for a year of Randolph, and try to come up with a nickname.
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