Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:30 pm  |  45 responses

Are the Nuggets Frustrated With Carmelo Anthony?

Tensions in Denver’s locker room are reportedly rising, with teammates and coaches growing frustrated with Carmelo’s style of play and attitude of late. Yahoo! reports: “Several sources describe a locker room frustrated with Anthony chasing shots and points over winning games, a resistance to listen to coach George Karl and a distancing of himself throughout the season from the rest of the team. For these reasons – and a fear of losing him for nothing in free agency – few are buying the bluff of the Nuggets believing they can still convince him to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension. ‘With the way he’s distanced himself from the team, the organization, they’re kidding themselves if they think he’s signing a new deal,’ one league source [said]. ‘He hasn’t checked out on the season because he never checked in.’ The Nuggets are working on a contract extension for Karl, and no one close to him believes he can muster much enthusiasm to keep coaching Anthony. Karl has played along with the company line on wanting to re-sign Anthony, but sources said he’s far more at peace with coaching a rebuilding roster than this mix of Nuggets. Karl has struggled coaching Anthony with the loss of top assistant, Tim Grgurich, who left the franchise before the season’s start.”

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  • andre anglais

    Is the entire NBA frustrated by Carmelo Anthony (trade talks, at least)?


  • http://google c_cantrell

    just ready to see this dude in another uniform

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    8 more days of this bulls*it.

  • AL29

    Just imagine how distant he’ll be if he has to play out the rest of the year in Denver, and then sign as a free agent with NY under the new CBA.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Get rid of him, for the sake of the NBA, get rid of him.

  • jay rose

    almost done with this drama then finally back to just some good basketball


    melo@knicks yeahhhh….(just trolling)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If he doesn’t get traded, this isn’t over.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    The Nugs have such a nice roster.
    If he really was the player that he thinks he is he could have competed in the west and walk away after the season.
    But hey Carmelo you reached so much in your career you really don’t need to bother about your team the franchise the fans.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Everyone hated on LeBron for his “decision”, well, at least he made one..

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Nuggets are screwed. As I’ve said before. They better get a trade done if they want anything in return. Watch them turn back to NJ. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    @BossTerry. That’s why people on the SLAM boards have been calling this “The Indecision”

  • Jose

    Yea, and at least the playoffs were going on when The Lebron thing went down. That kinda turned most of the PR towards that, untill The finals ended. Then we only really had Lebron holding teams hostage for a month or so. Melo’s been doing it all regualr season long so far.. . trade him before the deadline so we dont have to hear anything anymore. . .

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    I tip my hat to George Karl. Lol

  • MusketeerX

    @BossTerry and niQ. Anthony made his decision a long time ago. He wants to be in NY. Its everyone else that is slowing this process down.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Hossy

    i would believe this if it wasn’t written by adrian wojnarowski, f(KING hack

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Um… duh???

  • Naiym

    I’m a Nuggets fan tried and true.. But this mess has got to stop. I want Melo gone yesterday. I kid you not!! I think he’s a great guy, he can do what he wants, but I’m a fan of my TEAM.. I couldn’t care less if we do’t make PO w/o him.. @ this rate , we aren’t making them w/ him!!
    I know it’s killing morale for the fans, so I can only imagine what’s going on in the Locker room, but seriously Shut up with the “league sources said”.. When aldridge was saying he was 100 percent certain that Melo would be in NJ by the end of Jan.. I sat back a laughed..Are they blind!? Melo has the upper upper hand.. He can walk a free Agent( less$) of course, but still he’s in control.. The only trade push he wants is to NY so he can sign an extension and keep hos money, but why whould Ny do that? They’re gonna get him regardless! This so take away from basketball of which I am a fan. I’m in LA tomorrow for all-star and I just can’t wait for this NOT to be front page sports news..

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    This whole fu*ckery is what turns me off the NBA. FWIW, I don’t think Anthony is a top 15 player. I say that because during all this played out junk I’ve heard people come out with ‘if you can get a top 5 player in the league you have to do it’. He’s in that 15-20 range.

  • martey

    @mike nz. Please name fifteen players in the league better than melo….I’m curious

  • greg

    not top five but 15-20 range is verbal abuse and slander. people forget how he took this team to game 6 of the wcf. really short memories round here. hes prolly in the 5-10 or 10-15 depending on how intelligent you are

  • Shabaz

    Anthony is not the problem, The denver organization is the problem. They just keep pulling the finger, till its broke now. Drop melo take whatever you can get.

  • Epsilon Nupe

    cosign hossy, i often question where wojnarowski gets his facts from. it seems like he has stories that ESPN cant even get a hold of. smh

  • O

    That’s what i’m saying. Melo MADE his decision: Knicks! But the organization keeps asking for the moon because they know the Knicks will balk at it, and thus make it seem like they don’t Melo THAT bad, and leave a foul taste in his mouth. Melo should notice this and not get tight at the Knicks. Cause real talk, if he waits to sign this summer, he’ll have a dope bench and role players beside him. Denver wants to make sure he doesn’t.

  • O

    *want Melo THAT bad.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Players I’d rather have RIGHT NOW in no particular order: Durant, LeBron, Paul, Westbrook, Dirk, Wade, a healthy Brandon Roy*, Kobe, Garnett, Gasol, Deron, Amare, Rondo, Dwight, Pierce, Duncan and Hasheem Thabeet. Borderline: Manu, Bosh, Aldridge, Ellis, Blake Griffin, Curry & Eric Gordon.

    *I won’t count Roy since we now know his knees are shot.

    Remember this is just my own personal opinion, so don’t flip out, I just think Melo is overrated.

  • riggs

    lol @ your opinion then.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Good one riggs.

  • http://twincityslim@yahoo.com Jahi

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see some Knick’s executives fired if Melo doesn’t end up in New York. In fact, this may provide a return to MSG power for ZEKE. At the same time, you almost get the sense that the Nuggets GM is going to spite everyone sitting on pins and needles with baited breath awaiting the trade to NYC, that very well may not happen. hey, I’m betting that Melo is going to be traded to the Rockets after he wins the MVP of the All-Star game capping off a drama filled year. Now, only if Chris Bosh would have signed with Houston last summer. Finally, I don’t believe it is etched in stone that Melo will sign with the Knicks next summer. He very well may sign an extension with whatever team he is traded to, but the treatment by Denver makes it unlikely he’ll resign with the Nuggets.

    We shall see…

  • tbillz

    @MichaelNZ:Really?! You would rather take an aging Kobe, Garnett, or Duncan with very limited time on their game left? Are we talking long-term or until the end of this year, mate? Because that’s absurd. Melo is a beast, offensively. And he makes the whole team better when he wants to. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily showing this season. He can even play D when he tries. Pretty sure Melo would make Thabeet look like a middle schooler if they played against each other. But they don’t because Thabeet never plays. Putting him above Melo is outlandish. I would say your “borderline” players are almost better than the first list, honestly

  • KrackDiesel

    No offense MichaelNZ but that is just hatred. It can’t be based on any real basketball knowledge. Love yourself, doe.

  • LA Huey

    It seems Melo told Denver he was going to walk to NYK at season’s end and basically told them to try to get some value out of him. It’s not his fault that various front offices decided to leak info. Bosh and LBJ went the route of fulfilling their contracts and then leaving. Their cases just goes to show that there is no “good way” to leave your team. You’re gonna get ish from people no matter what.

  • bdub

    Sorry Mike NZ you’re shaming our nation (Aotearoa) with your ignorant comments. I have to speak up to defend our collective credibility. Hasheem Thabeet? You taking the piss??
    Melo is around 6-10 range in my opinion. Lets not let this annoying drama take way from the fact he is a beast.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Nuggets are better off getting Bynum for him, because Wilson or Ganillio are just role players. Bynum has a possiblitiy of being a beast. If Lakers could get Melo and Nene in deal, Lakers should take it and Knicks will hate themselve until Melo retires, because they wanted to keep Felton, Ganillio and Wilson and a 1st round pick that would not get them a great player anyway. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Ok, I hope this hasn’t double posted…
    - I said in the post ‘RIGHT FU(KING NOW’. Read it again.
    - I put Hasheem Thabeet as a joke. Can’t believe I have to explain that.
    - Hatred? Good lord. Because I think a player is a handful of spots back from the popular consensus? Thats ‘hatred’? Please, calm down.
    - ‘Shaming our nation’. Wtf? Seriously bdub?
    - @tbillz: hear your arguments but how can a dude be top 5 if the phrase ‘when he tries’ is used?

  • Michael

    @Mike NZ, I konw its your opinion but dude Melo is def a top ten probably top 5. He is probably the best scorer in the league and and one of the clutchest players if not the most clutch.

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

    Is it safe to say that Adrian Wojnarowski makes up a lot of his stories?

  • Lan

    Decide on a team and better looking shoes.

  • fizzbucket

    I would be, goddamn it.

  • Yep

    best scorers in the league have the most ppg, best true shooting %, fg%, ft % etc.. melo doesnt have that this year. hes not playin well because hes not in it most nights. i kinda agree with NZ.. except that you missed d rose. pure talent? EASILY top 10. melo “can” be top 5 when hes on all cylinders… that just hasnt happened lately.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @Yep: you’re right… *adds Rose to list above Melo*

    For the record, I’d agree that Anthony is probably the best pure all-round scorer.

  • rikson

    I cant believe people saying denver treats melo unfair… He has a contract there good lord! And this contract runs till the end of THIS season! Just bc a player wants to play somewhere else, his contract isnt valid anymore..?! NO, melo! You signed that contract and therefor you have to play and give it your all until the contract is finished… Where is the pride of those princess-athletes…?!

  • Kareezy

    Why is everyone hating on Melo?Dude is making the best decision for his career can he help it if the nuggets want to much from other teams for him.What team that wants him will trade away all their key pieces to get him and why would he go along with a trade leaving him in another re building process.Denver has a team full of un coach able players namely JR Smith u mean to tell me his style of play is what the coach says to do?KMart once my favourite player has lost all of his offense Bird man is to busy getting tattooes than playing the game Billups is on his last Nene is the only help Melo has So leaving is not an option it is a must and why take only $65 Mil and other guys are getting 80 to 100 mil come one stop hating on a nigga

  • http://..... C.Benward

    ahh carmelo juss trade….:)

  • a-bomb