Tag:George Karl
Posted on: January 18, 2011 8:19 pm

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

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.
Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:19 am

Shootaround 1.14.11: Worries abound

The Bulls miss Noah on offense, beards abound, J.O. may need surgery, and the Hornets need a big uptick in fans, still. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

You know why the Bulls miss Joakim Noah? Because their offense is struggling. Noah goes out and their offense falls off. How weird is that?

The best beards from NBA D-League's Showcase

Darko Milicic won the opening tip last night. A bit too much. He ended up scoring on his own goal with it. Whoops. The Wolves won and Darko was big down the stretch. But can you imagine if the Wolves had lost by two points?

George Karl thinks the Carmelo Anthony trade could fall through. If Ujiri's previous actions have been any indication, though, Karl will be the last to know. 

In case you missed it, Ben Golliver broke down the most efficient scorers in the NBA. It's well worth a read. 

Jermaine O'Neal may not be able to avoid having surgery on an ailing knee. 

Speaking of injured Celtics bigs, Danny Ainge is surprised Boston's bigs started missing games with injuries this soon. And he should be. After all, they're only 7,000 years old. 

Orlando Pinstriped Post asks what more Magic fans want from Jameer Nelson.

One of what will be many looks at Rondo versus Rose for the next three years.

The Hornets still need to average 14, 915 fans in attendance over the next five games to avoid the elimination of the buyout penalty for their arena. Their attendance on Wednesday? 13, 688. 
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:18 pm

All this Melodrama is holding up other deals

Posted by Royce Young

All the hemming and hawing between Denver and all involved parties over a potential Carmelo Anthony trade is holding up other deals, according to Fanhouse.

Mentioned in the report is that the Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers would get together on a second trade if Carmelo is sent to the Nets. The deal would involve Devin Harris being sent to the Blazers for Nicolas Batum and Andre Miller. This isn't the first Batum rumor out there and from all indications, Portland is extremely against moving Batum. Miller on the other hand is someone that's likely available to any and all.

But with 15, 16, 17 and maybe even 18 players mentioned in the rumored three-way trade sending Anthony to New Jersey, a lot of other things and being hung up because of all the pieces involved. No telling what those deals might be, but evidently other teams are waiting to see how this pans out before they grab their phones.

It is a little funny how so many players are potentially set to be uprooted because of Carmelo's situation. With potentially 18 players getting flipped -- not to mention the draft picks -- it's understandable how other general managers might not know what to do right now. It's understandable for other GMs to wait and see who ends up where and if that player is actually a long term piece in that new place.

And it's not only players that are having their future held by the Nuggets dealing with Anthony. George Karl's contract extension has reportedly been delayed as well because of the Carmelo stuff. Karl has indicated he wants to stay in Denver as long as possible and the Nuggets appear to want to keep him. It's just that with all the uncertainty, I guess the Nuggets want to get things settled first.

On top of that, all of this is surely having an effect on the actual players still playing in Denver. Every day they have to come to practice or shootaround with media members armed and ready to fire away with trade related questions. I'm sure Chauncey Billups isn't excited to talk about a potential trade right now.

So with all of this hinging on trading Carmelo Anthony, it just seems like the Nuggets will start to get a little more proactive. They've already dragged this thing along for this long, so obviously they aren't in any kind of rush. Even if that means that a good portion of the league has to sit on its hands waiting to see what happens.

Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 12:18 pm

Video: Karl talks cancer, 1000 wins and Carmelo

Posted by Royce Young

Ken Berger of CBSSports.comtalked with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl this week and among a number of outstanding things discussed of course was Carmelo Anthony's future in Denver.

Karl said, "I think there's so much fluff, so much gossip, so much inneundo to the scenarios. I don't like playing that game or being involved in that arena. The realness of I think what's good for Melo, what's good for Denver and what's good for George Karl is that he would stay in Denver. I said that in the very beginning and I still stand by it. Fortunately, we've won enough games where we've kept most the BS out of the game and off the court. As long as we keep winning, I think we'll be OK."

Of course Karl recently became the seventh coach ever to win 1,000 games. Karl talked about how it's a "celebration" and something he never expected to see happen for himself. And with Karl's two-time battle with cancer, hitting that mark is something even more special for him and his family.

Karl has an important "PET" scan coming soon that's part of his routine checkups. It's right before Christmas and Karl admitted it'll be a tough couple days. But he says he feels good and feels confident.

George Karl is truly one of the gems of the game and one of the greatest ever. Not just in patrolling the bench as a top coach, but as one of the game's greatest human beings and ambassadors.

Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:00 am

George Karl isn't psyched about officiating

Posted by Royce Young

I've never seen a game end like the one in Denver did last night. I've never seen a buzzer-beating charge.

But that's how a classic Nuggets-Spurs game ended Thursday night. Seconds after hitting the go-ahead basket, Manu Ginobili slid in under Carmelo Anthony and Carmelo plowed over the Argentinian. The ball went through the hoop as the buzzer sounded. But under the noise of celebration was not one, but two whistles with two different referrees calling the same thing. Charge, No. 15.

Obviously, Denver people were upset. The fans were livid. They're still livid. George Karl was seen on camera saying something that started with the word "bull." So when Karl spoke ot reporters after the game, everyone braced for his comments that would surely bring a fine.

He didn't disappoint. He had questions for the officials. He hinted at a conspiracy against his team. But surprisingly, that wasn't really about the charge call that ended the game. Via Fanhouse:
"It's a play that I think goes either way a lot,'' Karl said. "It seemed like the referees, they like to hit us with tough calls. It was a tough call. Good play. Good basketball. Melo made a great play. It's close. I've seen it called both ways."
You can actually feel Karl tip-toeing around criticizing the officials. But he did imply that the officials seem to favor his opponents. Really though, Karl was more upset with three fouls called on his center Nene that led to the big Brazilian fouling out with a few minutes to play.
"If we show them on film, they don't exist,'' Karl said. "We have films that we send into the league office that (fouls) don't exist. And here's a guy that's close to an All-Star, and he just doesn't get a lot of respect. I think it affects you. We tell them to fight through it, forget it, refereeing will come back and all that stuff. It just sometimes seems that we don't get the whistles sometimes I think we earn by how hard we're playing and how well we're playing.''
Karl is a bit frustrated, and understandably so. He saw a charge called against Anthony in New York in the Nuggets 129-125 loss with 16 seconds left that proved to be big.

Against the Spurs, it was some of the calls late that irked Karl. But if you want to play the box score game, San Antonio actually out-fouled Denver 29-23 and the Nuggets attempted 10 more free throws. That doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's notable.

Any time you lose, you feel jilted by the refs. And any time you lose the way the Nuggets did on a call that never happens, you really feel like you've got a reason to complain. But it was the right call in Denver. It wasn't like this a touch foul that you let go at the end because you want players to decide the game. This was a clear-cut charge. Even George Karl seemed (somewhat) understanding of that.

He's just mad at the other 47 minutes and 59 seconds.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

Manu draws game-winning charge on Carmelo

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was called for a charge into Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs that erased a potential game-winning basket at the buzzer. Posted by Ben Golliver

It was a wild finish in Denver on Thursday night, as the Nuggets had a potential game-winning Carmelo Anthony basket wiped off by a controversial charge call in the game's final seconds, allowing the San Antonio Spurs to escape with a road win, 113-112.  The Nuggets trailed by one with 4.2 seconds and set up a side inbounds play that resulted with Anthony receiving the inbounds pass near the top of the key. Anthony was single-covered by Spurs forward Richard Jefferson, and drove hard to his left into the paint. In a blink of an eye, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili slid over from the weakside, establishing his feet outside the protected circle in the paint and kept his arms straight up. Anthony barrelled into him as he completed his shooting motion, and the ball went into the basket as the final buzzer went off.  The Nuggets celebrates as if they thought the basket counted and the game would end 114-113 in their favor. Unfortunately for the Nuggets and their Pepsi Center faithful, two referees called, without hesitation, a player control or "charging" foul on Anthony for running over Ginobili. .4 seconds were put back on the clock, but San Antonio inbounded the ball without incident and the game ended. While this is obviously a heart-breaking way to lose, it does appear the officials made the correct call here, as Ginobili established position, was outside of the circle and did not initiate the contact. The only other call, which is more often seen, would have been a no-call, which Nuggets coach George Karl and his team surely would have preferred.   Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and his troops can surely breathe a sigh of relief tonight thanks to Ginobili, who also scored San Antonio's final basket on the previous possession to provide the winning margin. His heroics on both ends tonight come just one night after he was the savior in San Antonio, downing the Milwaukee Bucks with a last-second step-back jumper on Wednesday night.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

J.R. Smith dunks on Gary Neal, dunk of the year?

J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets dunked on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. Posted by Ben Golliver

Despite being a huge pain in the neck for Denver coach George Karl, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith has always been able to get up, but it's difficult to remember a time he dunked as viciously on someone as he did on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. With the first quarter drawing to a close, Smith dribbles the ball up court, shadowed by Spurs wing Ime Udoka. Using a lightning quick but simple right-to-left crossover, Smith penetrates the heart of San Antonio's defense, meeting no resistance. He takes off from outside the protective circle, powering to the rim with both hands. Neal leaves the weakside corner to slide over under Smith, but he rotates late, and Smith propels himself up and over Neal to finish powerfully with both hands. Smith then did a chin-up on the rim for good measure, as the Pepsi Center crowd in Denver went absolutely ballistic. Smith completed the play with just .6 of a second left on the clock and was awarded a free throw for his efforts.  Here's the video. Perhaps the funniest moment of the sequence occurs when the camera cuts to Smith's teammate, Carmelo Anthony, who is watching from Denver's bench. Anthony barely seems fazed, and nods almost as if he is bored.    With this effort, Smith likely put down the best non-Blake Griffin dunk of the year. I'd say this dunk belongs in the same discussion as Griffin's best. Here's a timelapse photo look at the dunk. jr-smith-dunk-gary-neal
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:06 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm

Shootaround 12.13.10: Nuggets GM talks Carmelo

The Denver Nuggets spin with the Carmelo Anthony situation, Avery Johnson says Kobe Bryant could be better than Michael Jordan, the Miami Heat could let an asset go to waste, the Sacramento Kings owners whoop it up while the Los Angeles Clippers owner trash talks his own players and two Western Conference big men are on the mend. Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri tells the New York media that he feels the situation with Carmelo Anthony is "promising." Writes the New York Post: "Ujiri told a throng of reporters that Anthony's sentiment is different than when he came aboard. 'I think it's encouraging that he says that (he's open to re-signing)," Ujiri said. "From when I got on board until now, that's encouraging. We have had a lot communication. "I'm sure everybody thought he'd be gone at training camp," Ujiri added. "It's promising that he's still here."
  • Yahoo! reports that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been taunting his players from his courtside seats during games, including point guard Baron Davis. What a mess. Here's Davis' quote on the matter: “There’s nothing I can say. I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles."
  • Roundball Mining Company takes a minute to reflect on Denver Nuggets coach George Karl's 1000th victory. The site highlights a turning point. "As time passed, Karl seemed to find a healthy balance between caring enough on the court and not caring too much.  His passion appeared to return, largely thanks to the trade of Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups."
  • New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson on Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, as quoted by the New York Post. "[Bryant] could arguably be 1. In some polls, he'll be 2," the Nets coach said yesterday about the players he has seen since he entered the NBA in 1988. "He could be 1-A and Jordan can be 1-B or Jordan, some polls they'll be flipped. Fortunately I had a chance to play against both of them and now played and coached against Kobe. And boy, sometimes they're looking like the same player."
  • The Sun-Sentinel reports that there is a good chance the Miami Heat will allow their Disabled Player Exception, acquired from power forward Udonis Haslem's long-term injury, to go unused.
  • Here is a hilarious behind-the-scenes visit from FoxSports.com with the Kings owners during the Miami Heat's recent trip to Sacramento. The Maloofs run the gamut of emotions throughout the course of the game, eventually concluding that LeBron James is better than Kobe Bryant.
  • Speaking of Western Conference big men returning from injury, the Deseret News reports that Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur could be "within a week or two."
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