Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  58 responses

Melo: Suspended by the Nuggets

by Marcel Mutoni

It wouldn’t be a true NBA season without Carmelo Anthony getting into some kind of trouble, now would it? Of course not.

And, of course, Carmelo has obliged.

The Denver Post reports:

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended by the team for tonight’s game at Detroit. The team called it an in-game transgression, which occurred in Sunday’s game at Indiana. Multiple sources said coach George Karl tried to take Anthony out of the game in the third quarter, but Anthony refused to come out, disrespecting the coach.

“There is a code of conduct that we take very seriously, especially from a leader and co-captain,” Nuggets vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said. “Carmelo knows this and regrets what happened. He is a very competitive person and made a poor decision in the heat of the moment. We look forward to having him back on Thursday and will have no further comment at this time.”

In all likelihood, this isn’t a very big deal, but these types of incidents have to be getting pretty old for both Melo and the team.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Melo needs a fresh start. Seriously, Iggy and L Williams for Melo. That sounds semi-reasonable.

  • Declan

    No it doesn’t.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Thanks Rex.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    So Tzvi, what happens to Young Thad in your scenario?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Melo isn’t getting traded. Why exactly does he need a fresh start? The Nugs are playing their best ball in years.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    NOT an All Star

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Melo don’t need no coach. He needs a babysitter.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Exactly how many of ya’ll would turn down Melo playing on your team? I’ll wait…

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Melo has so many haters. Its pretty obvious that those folks don’t watch the man play.
    Lou Will and Iggy for Melo would never happen. I think the Nuggs make it to the second round this year.

  • jay

    ship his ass to stephon marbury-land!

  • Fred34

    See, Bynum would’ve come right out. So How ya like Drew NOW coach Karl???

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    I would have turned down Melo playing for my team until this year. He has gotten a lot better in his all around game. But the MVP of that team is Chauncey.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Id prefer a player on my team refuse to come out than refuse to go in like Pippen years back, but its still dumb.

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Coach Melo- nice ring to it

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I wonder how many times AI did that same isht without getting suspended for it.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Blame it on Iverson.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Its always the same shtick with you AllenP.
    I’m not blaming it on Iverson, I just think that GK is trying to take this team back. I don’t neccesarily agree with a public and official suspension, but I guess I can see the reasoning. And I KNOW for a fact Ivy wouldn’t come out at certain times during games in the past.

  • Candice

    @Ciolkstar why even bring his name up. He has nothing to do with this situation.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Because I don’t believe this is the first time this kind of situation has come up in Denver. Maybe Melo has done this a bunch of times this season and GK is trying to send a message to him that things have changed, because, as I said, I KNOW Ivy used to do that all the time.

  • Jacob

    wasnt he going to sit the game out anyway?

  • Candice

    @ciolkstar if Karl had such a big problem with it, why did he put Melo back in the game after that? Why not just sit him on the bench for the rest of the game? Why does everything the Nuggets do get leaked to the media. Like Skip Bayless said on ESPN, “problem with the Nuggets is that the biggest diva out of them is the coach himself.” I don’t usually agree with him but I agree with him on Karl.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Co-sign Candice.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    First, the “Blame it on Iverson” comment was a reference to a past post entitled “Blame it on T-Mac.” I thought it was a funny allusion, at least in my mind.
    Second, as Candice pointed out, your decision to make your first comment one that expressed the opinion that Iverson surely did the exact same thing without being punished, was interesting. In later comments, you said you’re real problem was the public nature of discipline and the fact the George Karl may be selective in the enforcement of his rules.
    So, it would seem that you have a problem with George Karl. Yet, the first name out of your mouth, was Allen Iverson.
    Funny how that works.
    As for my schtick, I make no apologies for my obvious bias towards Allen Iverson. That’s been my favorite player since 1994. So bet it. I think I’ve criticized him and praised him.
    Can you say the same?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    With Karl’s recent comments about AI after he was traded away from the Nugs, i’m quite sure he would have suspended AI for such an action.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Don’t step to Allenp. Also, Karl should never take Melo out. Just sayin.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    he is stuck in that Jordan commercial. “MOOOOOOOOOVE GOO GO GO!”

  • Khalid Salaam

    how do you know for a “fact” cioklstar? I don’t understand.

  • Khalid Salaam

    how do you know for a “fact” cioklstar? I don’t understand.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    lebron decides his whole teams minutes and takes himself out at his own leisure, that either disrespecting grimace or leadership, depending on whether you ride the bandwagon

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    However, I will admit that I’m certain that Iverson complained about coming out of games. I remember seeing some stories with Karl talking about it. I don’t think Iverson was suspended at the time.
    But, this just proves that George Karl is a shiesty bastard. Which everybody should already know.
    I know some folks thinks Karl was prevented from coming down on Iverson by management (I believe Cub has expressed this), but I find it hard to believe that management was more committed to protecting Iverson than they are to Melo. I just think Karl holds grudges and he’s shady.
    Remember how he had everybody convinced that Paul Pierce wasn’t an all-around player and had a horrible attitude? Some of that may be true, but the problems were compounded by Karl’s own attitude.
    Karl has clashed with so many player over his career. He and Ray Allen despised each other in Milwakee.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    AllenP: You’re right on the fact that my “issue” with this is with George Karl. My first comment wasn’t meant to say anything negative about AI, its that GK treated him (and presumably Melo) differently in the past, but now Karl and Nuggets mgmt are choosing to publicly reprimand and suspend Melo.

    Full disclosure: Melo is on my fantasy team and this is a crucial week for me. Which is a big part of why I give a f*ck.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    wtf. y wud they make him miss ths game? especially wen the Nuggets need hold off Utah and Portland. doesn’t make sence, this is stupid

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    backpedaler special right there

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    GTF outta here Darksaber:
    I have no idea why people started getting all defensive about AI here. I’m just mad that Melo is out. I want him to play so he can help my fantasy team. Honestly, I could give a sh!t about motives, but I do know that Ivy was never suspended for similar if not the exact same “in-game transgression(s)”
    Maybe, as AllenP(and possibly Cub) alluded to, Denver’s front office was protecting AI, and now they’re are not protecting Melo. I don’t understand it and I want Melo to play. THAT’S IT. But my comments were never meant to disparage AI, and I’m really not sure how they were even construed as negative.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Regardless of the way this convo went, i’m just happy Karl is giving my Pistons a break tonight. We need all of them we can get.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    I heard the Nuggets got Billups and Nene running things, who is this “Melo” scrub everyone speaks of?

  • clapzilla

    Karl Wanted Kleiza In The Game That Bad? Well Now He Can Play Him 48 Minutes Tonight. Congrats, George. You’re Taking The Best Player Off The Court In An Important Game While Your Team Is Playing .500 Basketball Lately. Brilliant.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Melo has maturity issues. For real. Come out, talk it out with the coach, go back in. I mean, you’re the freaking go-to guy, it’s not like you’re being benched til the end of the game.

  • Pieman

    Clapzilla, what’s with the caps friendly writing? I agree though. I dunno why they have to make him sit especially in the situation they’re in.

  • tealish

    clapzilla: Melo has only been their 2nd best player throughout the entire season. And it’s not a close second.

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=243084247 Witness

    so that means billups shoould definitely go for 50 and 10 in the palace with a standing ovation? who bets that there will be signs wishing billups was back with the pistons?

  • Shawn Alexander

    Melo is good enough to be mentioned in the top 5 players in the league, but unless he gets his [but] out of Denver, he probably never will in the public eye. Chauncey being there is great, but their defense still needs a lot of work, & they need a big improvement in coaching. Chris Paul refused to get out the game for the 4th quarter last season (on national tv) yet he wasn’t suspended. Why? Because a good coach would enjoy that kind of thing. Your STAR player wants to win you the game. How is that bad? Screw 2010, Miami should save money for 2011 & get D. Wade & Melo on the same team

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This is what Derrick Rose needs to do. Just stay in the game.

  • TW

    Please keep Yelo away from the Sixer’s bench. It’s not even funny.

  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    this is cyberbullying! Rick Ross will arrest you all

  • chintao

    Damn, man. I just posted yesterday about ‘Melo’s maturity…. Oh, well. Baby steps, baby steps….

  • clapzilla

    I’m With Dacre. Vinny Has No Power To Suspend Rose. As For Tealsih, Melo’s Still Far And Away The Nuggets’ Best Player. His Stats Have Been Wrecked By Injuries But He’s Still Making A Tremendous Impact.

  • BostonBaller

    AI actually had good things to say about Karl and the way he coaches and teaches…Melo is Melo and I don’t have a problem w/ the suspension but “stop snitch’n” lol.

  • Tuomas

    Thank you Rex, thank you George. And of course, thank you Melo and the whole Nuggets franchise. Appreciate it. Sincerely, me.

  • harlem_world

    This is some bullshick. While I’m no fan of Karl, at what point does it become acceptable for a player to wave off a coaches decision and override him in a game? That’s now how you handle yourself as a professional. To see people defending this is just sad.

  • adam

    I cant figure out who this is…, somebodyu please… any true baskebtla fan would know…. !!! !ahhh

    ” Years ago, I heard about a short little shooter (whose name is not important) heading into the 10th grade. I went to watch him play at a basketball camp that featured nothing but top-rated players, 16 and under. Most observers thought he’d be overwhelmed by the talent.

    He played well in his first game, but his team trailed by 9 with 50 seconds to go. However, he then made three consecutive 3-pointers, plus a steal, and suddenly the game was tied. We all stood slack-jawed at what had just happened. But the player acted as if he expected that ending.

    Two years later, he led the nation in scoring (50 ppg) and was a McDonald’s All-American. Two years after that, as a college soph, he was a starter in the NCAA title game. The kid was easy to write off, but he just kept coming, because he knew he had “it.” Those of us who saw that last-minute performance knew he’d end up being a difference-maker.

  • al

    most pro athletes do a lot of stupid things. melo has happened to do some stupid things but balls like crazy. so who cares as long as he keeps up his ballin?

  • http://slamonline.com Melo&JR2daRaptors

    honestly, people gt on Melo for not having heart and not caring about the game but he refused to come out of the game cuz he wanted to win. if it was Lebron or Kobe thers no way they would get suspended.
    George Karl needs to be fired

  • jacori robinson

    i really dnt like melo dat much

  • jacori robinson

    i really dnt like melo dat much

  • http://slamonline.com Melo&JR2daRaptors


  • KozmicKid

    Is it déjavu or a cliché by now ?

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