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Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Posted on: January 18, 2011 8:19 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Most of the time, when a player is rumored to be involved in trade talks, people talk about what a distraction it is. Players and coaches always deny it. But we know to some degree, it's real.

And most players haven't been involved in rumors like Carmelo Anthony. We're going on almost nine months of trade rumors and speculation at this point and as George Karl told Fanhouse, all of it's finally starting to take its toll.

The Nuggets have actually performed fairly well of late, beating the Suns, Cavaliers and Heat by a combined 90 points last week before submitting to the Spurs over the weekend. But Nuggets coach George Karl isn't satisfied with Anthony's commitment during practice.

"If Melo plays distracted, I can't play him as many minutes," Karl, whose Nuggets play host to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, told FanHouse. "I thought he was very distracted (Tuesday)... I don't know (if it's because of trade rumors). I don't have that answer."

Karl said overall the Nuggets had a very bad practice Tuesday and the team looked distracted, but he was willing to single out Anthony.

At some point, it was going to catch up to the team. It just had to. But give credit to Karl and company. The Nuggets have held it together relatively well and are still in the playoff hunt and are hanging in the rough and tumble Northwest Division.

But Karl is talking of cutting into Carmelo's minutes. That's pretty strong. Melo hasn't played exceptionally well the past few weeks, with two separate games with only 12 points. Against the Spurs Sunday, the entire team looked distracted, uncomfortable and in general, bad.

So Karl is trying to take charge of the situation. Whatever happens with Anthtony, he still has a team to coach. And there's a reason he's been one of the best in the game the past 20 years. He understands players, how players think and how to manage this sort of thing. So if cutting Melo's minutes is something Karl needs to do, or just say he's going to do, he's not afraid to make that call.

Don't blame Melo though for tuning out a bit. He comes to practice and games every day knowing he's going to spend 20 minutes answering the same trade questions. He never backs down, never skips out. He stands tall and answers everything the best he can. I think it's admirable. But at some point this stuff starts catching up to everyone.

This may be Karl's way to say to the front office that he's ready to get this over with. Karl wants a team to coach. He's sick of all this uncertainty.
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Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Melo is a great talent but he is yet to prove that he is a winner
Except for that silly thing we call an NCAA National Title...

Dude is a winner, and a great player. I don't disagree that the Nets may be giving up too much to get him especailly if they do not get his guarantee to resign for 3 years, but he is a proven winner.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

I still think the Nets may be dissappointed with Melo in the long run. They are giving up their future to obtaion him- a long list of #1 picks, future potential stars. Even if they get him, there is no one to play with him except for their big guy. And I am not sure lots of other stars will be jumping on board.

Now if in the end they get RIP and Billips, they are much further ahead but let's face it, RIP and Chauncy are getting older. The future of NBA success is in the young talented 20 somethings that are beginning to dominate the league.

Melo is a great talent but he is yet to prove that he is a winner.



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Playing a guy 48 minutes a game isn't going to suddenly make him turn into a player with pine rider ability. He may be tired, but he's still going to score 25 points a game.

That's my point, I don't care if he's tires or 'distracted', if I were the Nuggets I would drain every last cent out of the guy.

For everyone that thinks I'm too "tough" on a player, the guy (Melo) has a THREE YEAR 65 MILLION DOLLAR extension on the table.  Please, that's just stupid money to pay players for a fun game that millions play for free.

I say, run their legs off!



Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:24 am
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

The Nuggets should bench him untill the end of the season and let the real nuggets play then trade him on june 30th the same deal or maybe a better one will still b there either way hes becoming a cancer  



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:52 am
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Chief

Although you are correct that this has been a distraction. What has Melo done wrong? Nothing, he is playing his contract without complaining. He has said he doesn't want to talk to other teams while he is a Nugget. Seems like he is doing everything right. If he went out and talked to other teams or complained he would get bashed also. All he is doing is playing out his contract how many other players are in the last year of their contract that we don't hear about.

I didn't hear anyone complain about Manning playing in the last year of his contract and not wanting to talk contract during the year. If you were not happy where you currently worked would you sign a contract to stay or would you wait a few months and be able to talk to any company you wanted to about a job. I think you would wait, but probably with a bad attitude.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:36 am
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

this whole situation has been a distraction since offseason, preseason, regular season, yesterday, today and tomorrow. this last year has to of been the worst of george karls life. i commend him for taking the high road and keeping quiet about it all for the most part. this whole ordeal has two sides to blame, melo and the mcnuggets brass. melo hasnt seen the commitment from the team to want bring a top notch big man in so hes not willing to commit to them. both of them are like kids at the park, its my ball so we will play the game i want to play.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:24 am
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Playing a guy 48 minutes a game isn't going to suddenly make him turn into a player with pine rider ability. He may be tired, but he's still going to score 25 points a game.



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:46 am
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Well, I think that what Melo wants, to play less minutes.  If I were coach, I would play him 48 minutes every game, see how the trade value is then!



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Karl: Melo is 'distracted,' may have minutes cut

Melo has been a distraction of late and the last 2 games he doesn't look like he is really into it, scoring only 12 pts in both games. You can see from his body language that he wasn't giving 100%. He's on the court but his head is not and he needs just to let his team knows that. It's not fair for his team and his coach. Karl is right, just let this get it done and over with and move on to the next chapter, life without Melo in Denver. All the best to him and to the Denver organization.


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