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week in review

The Week Carmelo Anthony Came Home

The Carmelo Watch finally ended this week when word came down late Monday night that the Knicks had agreed to a blockbuster trade that would bring Carmelo Anthony (and Chauncey Billups) to New York. Then came the morning-after reactions, then the jersey orders, and then the commercials set to the song "I'm Coming Home." And finally, on Wednesday night, in front of a giddy Madison Square Garden crowd, the new-look Knicks won their first game, against the Bucks. (Even Knicks fan Edgar Allan Poe had to weigh in on that one.) But while we said hello to new friends, we also said good-bye to some old ones — and took one final look at the eventful Knicks career of Eddy Curry. But what happened this week that didn't involve anyone named La La?

In other trade news, the Nets surprised the basketball world by acquiring Deron Williams from the Jazz. Even Donnie Walsh didn't see that coming.

For the first time in a decade, St. John's appeared in the rankings this week: They're 23rd in the AP poll, and 25th in the coaches' poll. One bracketologist even has them as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

After losing to the Flyers on Sunday, the Rangers topped Carolina in a shootout. Meanwhile, we learned how Sean Avery responds to being told by a heckler that he sucks.

And we took a look at the Yankees' spring-training Rotation Derby.

That's it for us. Have a nice weekend.

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