Tag:George Karl
Posted on: October 1, 2010 12:31 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 12:31 pm

Carmelo and Karl finally talk

Posted by Royce Young

George Karl hinted that Carmelo Anthony should sign the three-year extension that's been on the table for months. But yesterday's face-to-face meeting between the two wasn't about that.

"He wanted to go there. He really wanted to go there," Anthony told The Denver Post. "But it was all good. I'm playing now. I'm out here, I'm working hard ... He didn't try to work me over. He just wanted me to really focus in and told me that he is looking for my leadership skills and what I've been doing so far here in training camp."
Karl focused mainly on the season at hand and for good reason - Anthony is actually under contract this year in Denver. In fact, the same goes for Karl.

That's why yesterday's meeting between the two was so quietly interesting. What would Karl tell Anthony? Would he try and talk him into staying? Or was he just carrying out what he was asked by the front office.

Karl might not even be in Denver next season. Besides the fact this is a contract year for Karl, he's also seen a ton of turnover in the past few months, watching close friends walk out the door. The Nuggets are pretty much completely under new leadership, except for Karl who is one of the few left over from the old regime. Plus, he's had to battle cancer twice in the past few years.

So the fact that Karl reportedly focused on talking about the season at hand is no surprise. Because 2011-12 doesn't really matter for either at this moment. Karl's focus might just be one last go at it and then he plans on moving on. Maybe he was candid and told Anthony that. Maybe he played out the part the front office asked him to and attempted to persuade Anthony to sign the extension.

We don't really know because the meeting was behind closed doors and neither one is really sharing much insight into it. But the fact remains both Anthony and Karl are in Denver now. And for both of them, their focus is this season. At least that's what they're saying.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 6:54 pm

Melo says he was never approached about the Nets

Posted by Royce Young

Keep in mind, players deny things. Especially when it's something that came out in the media without them directly saying it. But heck, sometimes even when they directly say it, they still deny.

In any event, Carmelo Anthony at Denver's practice today denied if anyone had approached him about being traded to New Jersey. "Not at all," he told reporters in response to being asked about if anyone talked to him about the potential move.

"If (the Nuggets) come to me and say they want to trade me to a team, then we’ll discuss that when that time comes,'' Anthony said.

Anthony once again said he'd love to be with the Nuggets opening night and said that this situation is all about keeping his options open in 2011-12.

When asked if he'd have any interest in going to New Jersey, Carmelo replied, "I'm here. This ain't the offseason. The season has started. I'm not a free agent yet."

I think you can give Melo the gold star for handling this situation perfectly thus far.

But here's one thing I don't think a lot of folks realize: Carmelo has never demanded a trade. He never asked for a way out this year. All of this trade stuff was started on Denver's end because of Anthony's reluctance to sign a three-year extension with the Nuggets.

Because we all heard the "keeping my options open" line from LeBron and Chris Bosh last year, Denver has become gun shy about next summer and trying to re-sign Anthony. Therefore, they opened trade discussions. So don't confuse this situation as Carmelo demanding a trade. He's said he's happy in Denver and that he's more than ready to play there this year. And there's no reason to think otherwise.

Now do I think he's fibbing about talking about if he'd accept a trade to New Jersey? Of course. What would you expect him to do? Come out and say, "Yeah, I'd totally love to play in New Jersey. I already told management I'd sign there." At this point Carmelo is saying and doing all the right things.

George Karl is reportedly going to sit down and have a discussion with Anthony about his future tomorrow. Whether Carmelo comes out of it feeling better (or worse) about Denver is yet to be seen.

But Karl's future in Denver is almost just as uncertain. He's back after a second bout with cancer and has only one year remaining on his contract. Pretty much the entire front office flipped over in Denver and one of his oldest assistants, Tim Grgurich, has moved on. I'm speculating, but maybe Karl tells Anthony that he's not even sure he'll be there in a year either. Maybe he just tries to talk Melo into one more hurrah for the both of them in Denver. Who knows.

Carmelo is completely prepared to play a full season with Denver by all accounts. The ball is in Masai Ujiri's court in terms of if Carmelo is there. The Nuggets know the value is in dealing Anthony, but they also know that they can have him for at least this season if they want.

Carmelo has said he has too much respect for basketball not to play with everything he's got for the Nuggets. So while he may be thinking about playing in New York next summer, he's said he's committed to the Nuggets this season.

This doesn't mean he doesn't get traded. It just means that he's fine if he doesn't. It's all about the open options, ya'll.
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.

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