Tag:Nuggets
Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 7:12 pm
 

MeloDrama Update: Melo talks, says little

Superstar talks to media amid trade talk, says he never asked to be traded. No one believes him.
Posted by Matt Moore

Carmelo Anthony showed up at media day, and spoke with the media. It was short, it wasn't very sweet, and it was exactly what you'd expect. He took a handulf of questions, proclaimed "I'm a Nugget" and vehemently denied he ever asked for a trade.

There were several reporters in attendance, tweeting his statements to the press, including Chris Tomasson , Chris Dempsey , and others, and the theme was very evident. The meat comes courtesy of the Denver Post :

"I'm here today. Whatever the future holds, it holds," Anthony said this morning at the Nuggets' annual media day. "I'm leaving my options open right now.

"At the end of the season, I'll sit down with my team, I'll sit down with the Nuggets, and we'll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I'm just excited to get back to the court.

"I've never said I wanted to be traded. I never once said anything about trade talk."

Okay, then.

So Melo is following the company line, even as KB points out the most relevant line . "Whatever the future holds, it holds."

George Karl actually referenced the Kobe Bryant trade demand before the start of the 2007-2008 season, saying he'd call Phil Jackson to talk with him about that. But of course, that seems odd since Carmelo didn't ask for a trade... yeah. Awkward. This thing doesn't feel close to over, but the Nuggets may have been able to ratchet down the pressure a bit knowing Melo's in town and ready to work.

Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 5:07 pm
 

MeloDrama Update: Media day looms

As the Carmelo Anthony situation continues to unfold (or not, depending on your view), we'll keep you up to date on the developments with our MeloDrama Updates. Buckle up, kids. The Hello-Melo Train is leaving the station.
Posted by Matt Moore


Here's the latest around the web as what is considered D-Day for the Nuggets approaches.
  • Our own Ken Berger reports that Anthony may not be in attendance today for Media Day. That's a scenario described by a source as one that will set the Nuggets into "disaster mode." Marc Stein folllows with word that even if Melo is in attendance, he may not talk to the media . That would allow him to send a message to the Nuggets without getting fined, which would happen in force if he were to "hold out" from training camp. The league responds quickly and strongly when players go that route. KB says he predicts Melo will arrive for media day as long as he's a Nugget. He's been careful to avoid things that could damage his public image.
  • Talks with Golden State are "going nowhere " according to Marc Stein. Woj reports that the four-team discussed last Friday has gained some momentum . A lot of this may be various pieces waiting to see if anyone breaks and offers more. For example, New Jersey waiting for Charlotte to break and offer Augustin, or Denver hoping someone else comes in with a huge offer. Everyone wants to "win" the trade naturally, which is what makes these things more complicated than sometimes they need to be.
  • NBA FanHouse's Sam Amick reports that former Nets talked to Carmelo over the weekend and said that Newark is a long ways away from New York, essentially warning him off of Jersey . Jason Kidd was among those that conveyed that message, which just seems cruel, if honest. Amick says that New York is just giddy about this development.
  • This whole thing has to be excruciating for teams trying to drag Anthony out of Denver due to Denver's considerable leverage. They've got the new CBA working against Melo, their rights to him, and a lack of albatross contracts that they have to ditch. They clear considerable space this summer with Kenyon Martin coming off the books. In short, their biggest concern is how this could impact ticket sales and set back their progress. But then again, if they trade Melo, they're likely looking at a rebuilding process regardless. That might include Chauncey Billups.
  • The looming man behind the curtain, William Wesley, who Ken Berger reported was behind these talks in the first place, has also visited with Jay-Z in New Jersey according to KB. That's a pretty clear indication of the split going on. Then again, Wesley was eventually removed from the discussion of LeBron James, and you have to wonder if he'll be similarly cut out because Melo wants to wait for New York or Chicago, via free agency or trade. There's also a lot of talk about Chris Paul eventually being involved in forming a new Big 3 wherever Melo goes, with Amar'e Stoudemire being swapped out for Brook Lopez if he winds up in Brooklyn.
We'll keep you updated as the Melo-drama continues. Somebody get the man a pink wig.

Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:23 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 10:34 am
 

Shootaround 9.23.10: Heat block party blocked

Heat have a block party blocked, Parker may be on the way out, Howard hates the Heat, and the lockout's going to suck, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
  • The Heat had planned this big ol' block party to celebrate the opening of the NBA season in Miami. It was a very exciting idea, and Miami does this sort of thing pretty regularly (Zo's Summer Bash being one relatively similar example). But with the police union organizing to protest the event over budget cuts made to their salaries, and with the immense number of logistical issues involved, the plan is on hold . Allow me to add my name to those who think this is a totally whacko idea. Outside of the sheer intensity of a Friday night party outside the arena and the number of safety and security issues at play here, you've also got a pragmatic issue for the Heat. The Miami Triad will be expected to make an appearance at this event, and that's going to take them away from pre-game preparation for their home opener, against a divisional opponent who they have a pretty good chance of seeing in the playoffs. This is not a game you want to slough off right out of the gate. Definitely check the link for some tasty quotes from the mayor that involve the word "party."
  • Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News reports that if the Spurs don't look like they'll be contending for a title at the trade deadline, they'll move Tony Parker. Which is kind of a bombshell, in that every public indication from the Spurs has been a steadfast commitment to keeping Parker long-term. But the astounding volume of rumors suggesting his eventual move to New York do have to come somewhere, and can't survive solely on the whims of New York's admittedly powerful (and often nutball) media. 
  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated 's Dan Patrick, Dwight Howard said he'd rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James. Why is this particularly relevant? Mostly because it's an indicator that a. Kevin Durant is at that level among his peers already and b.) Dwight Howard really, really, really hates all the attention the Heat are getting. We'll have more on this later today. 
  • You know what's amazing? No, not that Andrew Bynum put off surgery which has now affected the odds of him being available for training camp and opening night. No, what's amazing is that writers are surprised by this kind of behavior. Bynum has missed nearly every deadline he's had for the past three seasons in recovering from various injuries. Some of that isn't his fault, the body heals as the body heals, But he's never been known was a hardcore worker, with Tex Winter being a vocal and public critic of his .
  • David Stern told Gilbert Arenas not to discuss the gun incident that lead to his suspension last year. The bossman says to put it all behind him. Seems like a good idea, but if I'm Stern, I want every reminder presented to Arenas that he needs to walk the line. This is not a man who seems like the kind to learn from past mistakes. 
  • From the Department of Black Kettles, Phil Jackson says "teamwork wins, not talent." Bear in mind this is from the guy who has only won his titles in huge markets playing with the most dominant players of their respective eras, including the greatest of all time.  Really, Phil? Because the last time we checked, you're not exactly all about equal parts overcoming the whole. Or maybe that's just what you saw in 2004 when the Pistons took down the mega-Lakers. 
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:06 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 8:07 am
 

Shootaround 9.1.10: Evans putting the J back in

Evans' J, Love's weird way, and the James kiddos' first day, today in the Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore


The Hawks aren't planning on taking their time with Al Horford's extension. They're planning on offering him a near-max extension before the October 31st deadline, meaning they'll have given up $190 million in salary for two players the year before the CBA dramatically shifts. Horford is an All-Star center, young, versatile, and extremely aware on both sides of the ball. Kelly Dwyer pointed out that the Hawks have some options with Horford. Unfortunately, they seem ready to rush into the breach with wallets wide open. You have to wonder how they're going to find salary room for any of the other players, let alone Jamal Crawford, who also wants an extension... or a trade.

Tyreke Evans has reinvested himself in his jump shot. What's interesting is that he was a terrible shooter (32%) from midrange, 16-23 feet last season, but a very decent one from 10-15 feet (43.2%). As Sam Amick's profile reveals, Evans used to be a tremendous shooter, he just needs to reacquaint himself with his shot. It could be a significant leap forward in his offensive development. Which is terrifying, considering how good he was last year.

A Wolf Among Wolves discusses Kevin Love's Team USA summer, and the fact that he's best suited for a third option role. Which makes sense, since the Wolves have buried him in the past for Darko Milicic and just traded for Michael Beasley who most scouts agree is best suited for the power forward role. You know. Third best option.

It's kind of a shame that Shaq's teams didn't end up meeting the Spurs over the years. Because the Duncan-Shaq rivalry is prett good.

George Karl was surprised at the firing of Mark Warkentien. He speaks highly of Warkentien, as well as Masai Ujiri. You have to wonder just how spread to the four corners the entire Nuggets organization is at this point.

LeBron James is a human . No one really seems to think so at this point, but it's true.

Ersan Ilyasova is tearing up FIBA play . Which could be a good thing for the Bucks as he develops and takes on more of a leadership role. Or it could cause him to wonder why he's been shoved to the back of the line in the Bucks' forward feeding trough with the additions of Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, and others.

A fascinating look at roster balance on the wings for the Knicks, not in terms of skillset, but shot performance on the right versus the left side of the floor. Interesting note: Ramond Felton took exactly as many shots from the right side as the left, and hit the same percentage.

The numerous discussions of Marquis Daniels have overlooked one aspect: Doc Rivers completely took him out of the rotation in the playoffs, despite him having recovered from injury. The trust is simply not there on a team that depends on it so much.

The Bucks hope and expect Andrew Bogut to be back for the season opener. It's close, but don't hold your breath.


Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 12:08 am
 

Anthony involved in internet slap bounty

Posted by Matt Moore

Hold your nose, folks. This is going to get ugly.

Over the weekend, a woman who goes by the name Kat Stacks started tweeting at Carmelo Anthony. Stacks is a known hip hop groupie who has made a habit out of hooking up with performers and then discussing the encounters in prolific detail, publicly. She tweeted something towards the Nugget (at least, he's a Nugget for now), and his new bride didn't take too kindly to it. Soon, Ms. Stacks responded, one thing left to another, and... welll...

This happened:



Classy.

Okay, so people react badly sometimes. Melo just lost his head for a minute. I'm sure he regretted it the minute he said it and immediately tweeted a retraction. Or...



Oh. Okay. Well. Maybe he just tweeted twice without thinking. I'm sure that photo is just something harmless or a joke.



Gotcha. So he's pretty serious about that "I will pay you to slap a woman and send me photographic or video evidence" thing. Of course, maybe it wasn't Anthony. After these tweets appeared (and Stacks responded), Melo's account disappeared. La La stated his account was hacked (though not specifically stating those tweets were the result of the hack) and Melo later confirmed that when his account was reinstated. When he returned, the bounty tweets were missing.

It's entirely plausible that someone hacked Carmelo Anthonys' account, responded to Kat Stacks, then offered a bounty for slapping her, then took a twitpic of a large pile of $100 dollar bills. Best prank ever, right?

Today, though, it's not looking like just a ridiculous story of embarrassing groupie interaction. Stacks tweeted tonight that she's filed a police report against Anthony. It's inconceivable that this could end up as anything of substance, but it's still an embarrassing episode being played out in public. Hopefully Melo and his people can provide evidence the account was hacked and clear him of whatever charges are being considered.

Just to review.

Management executives fired.

Demanded a trade.

Making a movie in China.

Got married.

Put a slap-bounty on a groupie via Twitter.

Carmelo Anthony's life has been weird the past three months.

(Via Twitter, White Hot Heat and SBNation.com )

Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:15 am
Edited on: August 30, 2010 11:30 am
 

Shootaround 8.30.10: Can't read BJ's poker face

Dragic slowed up, Jordan giving out, and Brandon Jennings does Lady Gaga. For real.
Posted by Matt Moore


So Brandon Jennings lost some sort of bet, and as a result, was forced to do a video online of him dancing to Lady Gaga . Yes, it is as bizarre-looking as it sounds.

Goran Dragic has been great so far in the FIBA World Championships, but found himself in foul trouble on Sunday in Slovenia's loss to Team USA. Twice, Dragic got caught trying to sneak up on a player's weakside off the inbounds. It's like Dragic got too comfortable playing non-NBA players and forgot just how well-trained even this inexperienced Team USA team is. And Chauncey Billups is anything but inexperienced.

Sam Amico of NBA.com reports that the Nuggets are looking at the Nets, Wolves, and Kings as possible options for trading Carmelo Anthony. But this assumes the Nuggets have all the leverage, which they don't .

Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats donated a quarter of a million dollars to middle-school athletics in Charlotte. It's another instance in a continuing theme of Jordan looking to invest in the Charlotte area. If he's planning on being the absentee owner many thought he would be, he's at least making a good show in the other direction.

FIBA play isn't necessarily the place for post play. But as NBA Playbook points out, establishing position is just as important there. Also, they provide a look at Ante Tomic, the Jazz draft pick who looked good for Croatia.

A resources company in Cleveland is cashing in on a former LeBron James ad campaign with a 'Witness' campaign of their own. Yet another indication that the bridges he burned in Cleveland won't be rebuilt in a day.

As a reminder, Brandon Rush got tagged with a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. The interesting note? He's yet another Kansas or Kansas State player found in trouble with drugs. You'll remember Mario Chalmers' problems at the rookie transition program, along with Michael Beasley.

Bryan Colangelo is on the hot seat in Toronto. The question is, why isn't Jay Triano also feeling warm in the butt? It's been Triano's defense that has been systemically bad, despite good man-defenders in Amir Johnson and Antoine Wright. It's been Triano's team unable to close out games, despite having Chris Bosh. Everyone looks at Colangelo as the problem, but as Raptors Republic points out, Colangelo has yet to to hand pick a coach in Toronto.

Wanna know just how far back your team's good (or bad) decisions go? Take a look at these flowcharts . The Knicks one is especially hilarious/tragic.

Rich Cho says there's no way to know how Greg Oden's knee will respond until it's "under stress." Pretty much, Greg Oden's not going to be considered healthy until he's considered healthy. It's a binary question.




Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2010 4:51 pm
 

J.R. Smith involved in choking incident

Nuggets guard reportedly chokes player during pickup game at Nuggets facility.
Posted by Matt Moore


It would appear, ahem, that Earl Smith felt he had to choke a dude. J.R. Smith, the mercurial/embattled/heavily-tattooe
d-to-a-ridiculous-degree guard for the Denver Nuggets was investigated by the police yesterday in an incident at the team's training facility, according to FanHouse's Sam Amick . Smith was apparently being guarded in a pickup game by a former D-League player not currently in the NBA who was instructed by coaches to get physical with the gunner.

A source in the facility told FanHouse that in the ensuing fight, "J.R. just lost it. He tried to choke the kid, and the kid called the cops."

Right, then.

Let the Sprewell references begin!

Smith had been rumored to be on the trading block this week anyway, with his biggest advocate, Mark Warkentien no longer with the team. Police confirmed their investigation to Amick, but no charges were filed. With this most recent incident, you have to wonder if it was the last straw for the Nuggets and if they will now simply take whatever offer they can get for Smith. Of course, the flip side of that is wondering who is interested in picking up a limited player with shot-conscience problems who just tried to choke a guy in practice. Not exactly ratcheting up the trade value, there, Earl. But at least Smith's $6.3 million contract is expiring this season. That should increase his value to a point they can at least ship him somewhere.

You'd think that Smith would have learned to stay out of trouble, but behavior like this is simply not something the Nuggets can afford, not with their team in transition and their star looking for a way out.  The Nuggets' offseason from hell continues.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:07 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 10:18 am
 

Report: Griffin turns down Nuggets GM offer

Report: Nuggets must turn to plan B after Suns assistant turns down GM offer.
Posted by Matt Moore


Well, back to the drawing board. ESPN's Ric Bucher is reporting that David Griffin has turned down the offer of general manager extended by the Nuggets last week. Bucher reports that Griffin turned the offer down due to a paltry salary (less than the $1 million baseline for GMs) and due to confusion over the hierarchy in Denver. Josh Kroenke, son of Nuggets' owner Stan Kroenke, met with Carmelo Anthony last week to try and smooth out the situation with him requesting a trade. Meanwhile, advisor Bret Bearup is considered heavily involved in personnel decisions according to multiple media sources. With that kind of structure in place, along with Melo's possibly iminent departure , the job obviously lost its luster to Griffin.

Raptors executive Masai Ujiri is apparently next on the list. The question has to not only be what kind of a position the general manager will have with so many hands in the pot, but what the direction of Denver is going to be over the next few years. With Anthony leaning towards greener zipcodes, J.R. Smith on the block , and the future of Chauncey Billups in the air as well, Denver's not exactly looking like the most attractive destination. So this could take a while. But it is an NBA general manager position, and as such, they should be able to get the position filled at some point. The problem is that in a delicate time, with training camp getting closer each day, the Nuggets are still without an official general manager. And that's only got to make the situation that much more unstable for Carmelo.

For an interesting look at the work Ujiri has done, check out this HoopsAddict interview with him from June.
 
 
 
 
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