Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  21 responses

Carmelo Anthony Attempts to Re-Unite Nuggets

With Game 5 of the Nuggets/Jazz being played tonight, Melo wants everyone to believe his team has squashed whatever been may have been created by his comments earlier in the series. The Denver Post reports: “He cleared the air with concerned teammates Monday and said Tuesday that he ‘didn’t feel any friction in practice. When I said I needed help, I was coming from the standpoint of wanting everybody to get together and do it together,’ Anthony said. ‘A lot of people took what I said, when I said I needed help, in the wrong way. But when I talked to my teammates, they know what I mean. We talk basketball every day. They know I’m not pointing them out individually. I’m in it with them. I’m not saying I’m playing the best that I can play. We’re all losing together.’ Anthony has averaged 34.5 points on a sizzling 52.6 percent shooting in this series. He’s added 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. From a statistical standpoint, Anthony is on top of his game. ‘Do I regret saying I need help? No. I said it. I can’t take it back now,’ Anthony said. ‘I need help in the sense of I need everybody. We need to be on the same page if we’re going to turn this thing around.’ Meanwhile, Anthony was asked to respond to acting coach Adrian Dantley’s assertion that he reduce his turnovers. Despite 39 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in Game 4, Anthony made nine turnovers. ‘He said it. It is what it is,’ Anthony said. ‘If that’s how he felt, then maybe I have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and not getting so many charges. I can’t dispute what the head coach is saying. If he’s on the sideline and he sees that’s a problem, then I need to fix that.”‘

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  • dino

    First! Anyway jazz in 6

  • The Philosopher

    He should scribble “all alone” on his sneakers a la Stephon Marbury.

  • MikeC.

    If he doesn’t get help, he should refuse to tie his shoes a la Chris Morris.

  • dino

    @ the philosopher whats next for melo he gonna tattoo his head

  • The Philosopher

    @dino: That’s a great idea. SLAM should have a survey on what kind of tattoo he should get on his head.

  • jdubbs29

    “Snitches get Stitches” is one idea for a head tattoo.

  • ab_40

    utah outplaying denver this much and this hard is a big surprise to me. I know utah is efficient but this is too much. They just kill denver with the same sets over and over and over again. Kinda sad. Denver is spoiling melo’s prime if this is the start of first and second round exits for years to come.

  • ClydeSays

    Sloan always has his guys playing hard and showing up on D, so it’s no surprise the Jazz have made this a series. But the Nugs have to be considered a disappointment if they get bounced. They’ve got too much vet talent that’s been through multiple seasons together.

  • FunkDoktor Spokk

    NBA front office/marketing hates Melo. He represents something they want no part of: A child of the ghetto who has become a great player and won’t sell out his experiences for anyone and is scared of no one. When he popped that jumper in lebron’s face a few months ago, I new the NBA was going to fuk with him ie., Shitty calls in weird time frames to upset his rhythm. ALL STARS NEVER GET CALLED FOR FOULS LIKE OTHER NBA PLAYERS. BUT, In this case, LEBRON is their boy, their poster child. MELO is a threat because he is prolly a better, more clutch player.
    So the NBA routinely fuk with him to dim his star status from time to time while Ratcheting the media Machine up for Lebron(waving at you ESPN).

  • bakers-dozen (12-13)

    I agree with teh above poster.
    However, I see teh Nuggets winning BIG tonight and heading back to Utah with a little guy named “mo.” Mr. Momentum. Don’t know if they can win 3 in a row against Utah, but they need to win tonight to even think about it. Win big, and Utah will have pressure on them (for once).

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    funkdoc you make no sense. there is no way that the nba would ever want to reduce the number of players that are viewed by the fans as superstars. the more stars, the more jerseys they sell, the better tv ratings they get. it’s just that melo is like shaq in the sense that he generates a lot of contact, which a lot of the time is initiated by him and not the defender. i believe that that type of player that generates a lot of contact on almost every posession is the hardest to deal with for a ref because it’s such a fine line between offensive fouls and defensive fouls. they’ve gotta call something.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    the nba probably needs to do a better job in defining illegal contact, both for offensive players and defenders, because when you see a dozen arguable and subjective calls in a game, it messes up the credibility of the refs and the league. which leads to crazy theories such as the one by funkdoc

  • Retrobat

    Co-sign Hisham. There are no conspiracies. I always fall back on if that the NBA wanted the most interesting/highly popular teams/stars to play in the Finals, then the Spurs/Pistons Finals would NEVER have happened.

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

    Yes, retro, forget that the 05 finals went 7. Forget game 5, the most incredibly amazing and entertaining finals game I can remember.. Hisham, the refs dont seem to have too much trouble calling for lebron, blocking foul. Or, when kobe elbows bibby or doug in the face. Who do they think they are? Viciously attacking mr beans elbow with their faces

  • FunkDoktor Spokk

    The nba has ROUTINELY extinguished one star for the purpose of making a brighter one.
    it used to be when a player said or admitted to using harsh tactics to stop a STAR player, it would make sure those using such tactics would be put on ice quickly and effectively. No so with Carmelo.

    NBA uses a different measuring stick with Melo than they do with Lebron. How many times have we seen Bron bull his way to the cup and not get called? I don’t have enuff fingers.

  • unrel

    bron and melo play the same way.. and i’m not a fan of both.. but perhaps.. one of the reasons why melo doesn’t get a lot of calls compared to lebron is due to their rep.. denver complains a lot.. refs are human and would get sick of it.. and not call a lot of things.. because of all that complaining.. melo has been in more fights.. hit and run vs nate?.. come on.. it could be all about rep.. ron-ron gets called for phantom calls all the time.. is it a conspiracy?.. or is it his rep?.. put away your theories.. it’s basketball.. nba doesn’t need to give away calls to make money.. besides.. they’d make more money with more stars.. not just one poster boy..

  • FunkDoktor Spokk

    Think of the NBA as a christmas tree. It needs a Giant Star at the top. JORDAN was the star at the top for years. KOBE did his stint as Big Star in home of celebs, Hollywood.
    Melo is a star albeit a regulated one, that the NBA pushes/repulses on a whim.

    “Denver is a team of Complainers”. WHO Floats this shit around. my bet is the NBA.

    “KOBE is the king of complainers”. next argument.

  • MikeC.

    @FunkDoktor: in reference to your point that Kobe is the king of complainers, I have to disagree. It goes unnoticed almost all the time, but I think Tim Duncan is the king of complainers. The difference is that Duncan gets away with it because he doesn’t chase down refs to chew them out, or throw tantrums in the media. He lets his coach work the media, and he complains in a way that doesn’t piss of the refs. He either turns his palms to the sky and smirks like it’s all an inside joke, or he puts his hands on his head and bugs his eyes out. Tim Duncan has never actually committed a foul in his entire career. He’s just been called for plenty. The Nuggets do get a bad rap due to how much yapping they do. They need to start bulging their eyes more. It works for the robot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com TEddy-the-Bear

    ^ Tim Duncan’s reaction to a call he didn’t like is priceless.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    nash has taken to turning his back during the passage of play and having an analytical debate about the pros and cons of recent non-calls.. green-issues, advertising strengths… charm can only et you so far… you know what THE BEST thing to do when a call is made or particularly NOT MADE? Run back on D and just go and get the ball back…. it aint that hard.

  • JoeMaMa

    Don’t hate on the Champion Robot. And Teddy…I agree, Cookie’s reactions are classy. But let’s choose to love them. I want to see Tim Duncan burn an American flag before each game so we can call him “The Basketball Fundamental-ist”