by Marcel Mutoni

Before he was suspended for sucker-punching (and then cowardly scampering away) Mardy Collins last season, Carmelo Anthony was on a hellacious scoring tear. Up until that fateful night in New York, Carmelo was leading the League in scoring, and seemingly doing so effortlessly.

This season, things aren’t going so well for Melo on the offensive end, and his coach George Karl is doing everything in his power to help the young star break out of his shooting slump.

What’s up with Melo?

“The defenses, the zones, the blocks, the double-teams,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “We need to do better, find better answers for his touches, move him around better…Right now, getting Melo loose, more involved, better touches — it’s all our job and responsibility.”

With an offensively rejuvenated Allen Iverson leading the charge of late, there’s no better time than the present for Carmelo to regain his shooting touch. Because otherwise, the Nuggets will be just like A.I.’s old team: Dull.