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Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 3:35 pm  |  63 responses

Carmelo Anthony, George Karl Take Shots at Each Other

George Karl called out his former star forward on national TV last night, saying he wasn’t a very committed defender. Carmelo then got, ahem, defensive about it on Twitter and to the press following shootaround this morning. From the NY Post: “Nuggets coach George Karl took a shot on TNT regarding Carmelo Anthony’s ‘defensive focus,’ prompting the Knicks’ new superstar to fire back on his Twitter account. ‘Damn R U Serious. Some people never seize (sic) to amaze me. Unbelievable. When the grass is cut, the snakes will show.’ … ‘Defense is commitment. I’ve got young guys and if they don’t give me the commitment, I’ve got other guys who will give me the commitment,’ Karl said on TNT Thursday. ‘The system sometimes ties you up from getting the commitment. You have to handle what ‘Melo gives you. I’m not knocking ‘Melo, he is a great offensive player. ‘Melo is the best offensive player I’ve ever coached, but his defensive focus, his demand of himself is what frustrated us more than anything.’ … ‘That’s George Karl. I try not to pay too much attention to that,’ said Anthony. ‘I know what I’ve done in 7-1/2 years I was there going to Western Conference finals. I know we were top in defensive categories last year. Don’t know where it’s coming from,’ Anthony said.”

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  • buzzjuice

    Carmelo can’t even pretend he’s a decent defender, however either way this is childish. The NBA has turned into a league full of immature, impatient, whiny babies.

  • Bulls2011champs

    “Melo can’t play defense but I’m not knocking him. He just sucks at 50% of the game, no biggie”

  • http://google c_cantrell

    well coach carl wasnt lyin.. melos d could really use some help

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    George Karl is right about Melo’s defense.
    Wrong for saying it publicly, especially after Melo left.
    He ain’t have the balls to say it when Melo was there?

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

    Word, Enig, word.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^enny..
    they was all too busy kissin ass when he was still in town

  • JTaylor21

    What’s Beef?
    Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep
    Beef is when your moms ain’t safe up in the street Beef is when I see you
    Guaranteed to be in the ICU, one more time
    What’s Beef?
    Beef is when you make your enemies start your jeep
    Beef is when you roll no less than thirty deep
    Beef is when I see you
    Guaranteed to be in the ICU, check it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Melo has never given off the impression that he could give a f*ck what anyone has to say about his game or his playing style. I betcha Karl has broached it in practices and stuff and was tuned out.

  • MUBWAR

    we can’t consider this beef but seriously Coach Karl should’ve said that when Melo was there not when he is a Knick. And in all honesty Melo D ain’t that bad.

  • http://google JB11

    I dont understand why players and coaches act so immature towards each other when a player leaves the organization. Everyone is entitled to their own choice. Mr.Carl is an old man but his acts make him look so childish. That said, good luck to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. And good luck to Coach Carl, may you be blessed with the maturity of a man.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I bet Phil Jackson or Larry Brown would have been able to get Anthony to play defense the right way.
    He still hasn’t gotten over Mutombo humiliating his “championship” level Sonics that year. He will always be remembered for the greatest choke job in NBA coaching History.

  • JTaylor21

    I could actually see Melo and Karl running into each other one day and getting it on like Marv and 50.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    “Beef is not what Jay said to Nas
    Beef is when workin’ n*ggas can’t find jobs
    So they tryna find n*ggas to rob
    Tryna find bigger guns so they can finish the job
    Beef is when the crack kids can’t find moms
    Cause they end up inna pine box or locked behind bars
    Beef ain’t the Summer Jam for Hot 97
    Beef is the cocaine and AIDS epidemic
    Beef don’t come with a radio edit
    Beef is when the judge is callin’ you “defendant”
    Beef, it comes with a long jail sentence
    Handed down to you in a few short minutes
    Beef is when your girl come through for a visit
    Talkin’ bout “I’m pregnant by some other n*gga”
    Beef is high blood pressure and bad credit
    Need a loan for your home and you’re too broke to get it
    And all your little kids is doin is gettin’ bigger
    You tryin not to raise ‘em around these wild n*ggas
    Beef is when a gold digger got ya seat and a
    manicured hand out like “pay me n*gga”
    Or I’m tellin’ your wife
    Or startin’ up some foul rumor that’ll ruin your life
    Beef is when a gangster ain’t doin it right
    Another gangster then decided what to do with his life
    Beef is not what these famous n*ggas do on the mic
    Beef is what George Bush would do in a fight
    Yeah, beef is not what Ja said to 50
    Beef is more than Irv not bein here with me
    When a soldier ends his life with his own gun
    Beef is tryin’ to figure out what to tell his son
    Beef is oil prices and geopolitics
    Beef is Iraq, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip
    Some beef is big and some beef is small
    But what y’all call beef is not beef at all
    Beef is real life happenin’ everyday”

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i love how going to the wcf and the team having good defense as a whole is an appropriate response to someone questioning your individual defensive effort. apples and oranges, sir. i don’t know if karl was taking a shot at him so much as he was answering a question. gk is usually stream of consciousness with a lot of his answers.

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    this is shady… if u wanna nit pick, Karl wasn’t the best of coaches either. his substitution patterns were horrible at times. and melo is not as bad a defender as ppl think

  • tavoris

    George Karl has thrown yet another former player under the bus. Add Melo to the list that includes AI, Payton, Kemp, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Glenn Robinson…

  • 6marjons

    at least the league’s future stars are slightly more mature.
    derrick rose, kevin durant, kevin love, blake griffin.

    you gotta be happy with the future. shame about some of the stars right now

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^All Black players…

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    *regarding tavoris’s comment*

  • Fat Lever

    Mighty Mos!

  • JTaylor21

    Philosopher, so are you implying that Karl dines with the Klan and parlays with Skinheads?

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^I don’t know about all of that, but he has been accused of being a racist while coaching those Bucks teams.
    And, you’re funny as hell, man. lol

  • robb

    did Karl say a lie? no. So what’s the big deal?

  • http://bashmo_4@hotmail.com bashmo

    lol did he actually burn Ray?? When? I thought he had nothing but praise for Ray’s work ethic and shooting ability.

  • Coney Islander

    @Denver, “YOU MADDDDDDDDD” *Camron voice”! LETS GO KNICKS!!!!!!

  • Ricardo

    Not sure what I dislike most about Melo’s Tweets – the pettiness of Melo’s sentiments or his apparent lack of familiarity with the English language. I don’t demand that athletes be intellectuals, but come on, Melo, is knowing the difference between ‘cease’ and ‘seize’ too much to ask?

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    JTaylor21, you a crazy motherf*cker lol

  • Jrooks

    I did hear that he made some racist slurs toward black players. And good come back with mos def.

  • Naiym

    Oh Please…I live in Denver…Coach K has very much publicly stated that MElo doesn’t play ( nor had to) D…Difference is now: it was a nat’l game and Dude’s no longer here..I basically lived at the Pepsi Center and uhmmm MELO doesn’t play D…I mean did he have to..Okay no maybe not…will that make you an All Around GREAT player….yes. When I saw Melo complaining about this on twitter I laughed one because he said “Ppl never “seize” to amaze me”…( that was funny) 2) I tweeted him, “don’t trip do you”… Your NY..why care?? Have you not lsitened to the commentary on why Melo and Amar’e Might not work?? ( it’ll work but the argument as to why it might not) Is becasue YOU DON”T PLAY D….when he said ” We have to concentrate on D on the defensive end and blah blah blah,” about his first game for the Knicks, I couldn’t beleive it! Really MElO REALLY???? Love the guy, great player…but you suck at Defense…maybe Coach Karl is bitter as to how his Drama affected the TEAM for the last 6 mos…mess was ridiculous!!

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Melo is going to have to get used to more inspection of his game now that he’s in the big city. But Karl is well known for criticising players, just brush it off and move on.

  • pwbrookyln

    THE CARMELO TO THE KNICKS SONG
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S2sLe8VuMo
    HELLO MELO
    played on espn radio

  • BostonBaller

    Beef is something I buy at Whole Foods b/c I like my beef all natural and not on steroids. I’m hungry, who wants to go get some beef?

  • MikeC.

    If the NY media is giving Amare a free pass for his lack of man-to-man D, and occasional effort on the glass, then Melo will too. Melo is also an outstanding rebounder for the 3 spot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    man you motherf*ckers are making me hungry! and im stuck at work with no f*ckin beef!!

  • Ricardo

    Tavoris, YouTube the Best Damn Sports… segment Karl did with Payton & Kemp a few years back – it’s a love-fest. I’m not saying the dude has never thrown darts at any of his former players, but there were definitely no sign of ill-feelings there.

    Melo’s being way too sensitive. It’s not like Karl’s called him a selfish punk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com pardeep

    I remember him doing the same to AI, weird:S

  • theDankerNuggets

    I don’t think Karl was even taking a shot at Melo, he was just being honest, why you gotta go on bein a b*tch that can’t handle criticism Melo! You basically force us to trade you to your choice team for a bunch of scrubs (compared to your skill level) and you can’t even be graceful about it for like 48 f*uckin hours.

  • Omar

    I see you Enigmatic and for the record, Blackstar’s What’s Beef > B.I.G’s What’s Beef

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    it really pissed me off during the Allstar game when they were talking about the potential of a Melo trade to the Knicks and reggie miller said Carmelo Anthony is a below average rebounder for his position… umm, im pretty sure hes one of the highest rebounding SF actually, he might even average more than Bron

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    @Meloman – Yup. Melo’s number 1 in RPG among all SF’s last time I checked. Though those numbers might go down playing with Amare…but not by much.
    And co-sign Omar!

  • http://slamonline.com c_cantrell

    Karl is being cowardly throwing Melo under the bus after he leaves. He could have been a G like P Jackson and called him out during his tenure as a Nugget. For the record I don’t think Karl’s teams have ever or will ever be contenders. He’s just not an above average coach. Just like Enigmatic isn’t an above average lover. Still my man tho.

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    Cosign Omar and Enigmatic…

  • Brahsef

    If you’re not playing that great of defense, you better make it up with boards. Melo does that. Can’t complain. Now Amare on the other hand…

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    George Karl has always been a whiny, immature baby.

  • youngmuggsy

    I think you can forgive Karl for being a tad bitter after losing his franchise player.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Hmm interesting, have fun making chandler and gallanari play d. See how far not having a number one scoring threat in the west takes you Karl.

  • allenp

    Chandler plays defense. Now Gallo is another story. Nuggets will be straight but it is wack that oaches talk out of both upsides of their mouths. When Denver came to NOLA Karl was practically begging melo to stay pre game and now he is acting like melo killed the team.

  • FoCo

    I highly doubt Coach Karl wasn’t telling Melo these things over the course of his career. Karl also needs to shoulder some of the blame for let downs of the past few years (I mean the man kept letting Anthony Carter get in basketball games for heavens sake) but he wasn’t lying about anything he said there. The next time Melo or Stat play some good team D will be the first.

  • bnets

    hahaha lost to the Cavs twice

  • greg

    melo has been decent when he feels like it on d. his problem is that doesnt have the enduarance to play both ends of the court like younger kobe, wade, ect. he is a big boy and thats a lot to mover around.. not everyone can be a freak like lebron

  • el_larsen

    KARL JUST TOLD THE TRUTH.
    the cavs just showed it las night lol!!

  • el_larsen

    the “coach karl is racist” line of defense is depressing

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    ^fake c_cantrell..
    dude grow the f*ck up and stop using my name and everyone elses you stupid dipsh*t

  • al

    George Karl is a bald pee wee Herman, and bad chapel show joke

  • al

    but he is right, melo doesn’t do D

  • the truth

    karl just said what we all know is true

  • Jahi

    Oddly, this so-called blockbuster trade has worked out sooner for the Nuggets than the Knicks. The Knicks are going to be a competitive team in the playoffs, but it’ll take another 10-20 games before they mesh as a team. Anthony is going to force his game for another dozen games. Anthony is like a black hole once he gets the ball. Still, I love the Knicks, favorite team to watch as a kid. However, after watching the Nuggets vs. Blazers game last night on ESPN, I’m convinced that the Nuggets are a better team now. Last night, the Nuggets came close, down to the wire, but Karl is still tweaking the lineup. I didn’t like the Lawson and Felton playing together, didn’t work. Lawson is going to be a stud once he develops a consistent mid-range jumper, as very few can stay in front of him. The Nuggets should start a lineup of Nene, Martin, Galinari, Chandler, Lawson and their offense and defense will flow.

  • Wilbon

    @jahi, is chandler quick enough to guard some of the quicker 2′s in the league? wasn’t he even playing 4 for a while ? Not disagreeing, just questioning.

  • Clydesays

    Karl’s may be correct, but why bother? Dude is gone, move on.

  • Yep

    @al: dude had cancer, bad look chirpin him for bein bald. i’m aware he was shiny before it, but still, bad look homie.

    and yeah, melo and amare losin to the cavs ftw! haaaaaahahahah

  • http://jooo Max

    I would think about something very diffrent if the headlinde would say: “Gilbert Arenas and SVG taking ‘shots’ at eachother”. :D

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

    ^ ROFL @ Max!!!

  • Lan

    Melo is not in the NBA for his defense.

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