Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am  |  17 responses

George Karl Enjoying Life in Denver Post-Carmelo Anthony

So far, the Denver Nuggets look like the big winners following last season’s blockbuster trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. According to Nuggets coach George Karl, his team is in a much better place these days, with far less drama to deal with. From the NY Daily News: “The Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire duo isn’t panning out the way Jim Dolan expected. Garden chairman Jim Dolan can finally look out on his basketball court on Saturday night and see that he’s built himself a winner. Unfortunately for Dolan, it won’t be the NBA team he owns. In fairness, the Denver Nuggets were a playoff team long before Dolan orchestrated the Carmelo Anthony trade. But since the team’s owner ordered Donnie Walsh to gut the Knicks to bring Anthony to the Garden, the Nuggets have continued on an upward trajectory, while the Knicks find themselves these days with ‘Melo often grinding the offense to a halt and Amar’e Stoudemire very likely longing for the days he was king of New York. ‘Where we are now, I think it’s a positive place for us,’’ said Denver coach George Karl the other night in Philadelphia, before the Nuggets sent the Sixers to their first home loss of the season. That raised Denver’s record to 10-5 and their overall regular-season record to 28-12 since the blockbuster deal. ‘What happened with ‘Melo last season, that got old,’ Karl admitted long after his team’s overtime victory. ‘That got old fast.’ As his team was enveloped in the daily ‘Melo drama, Karl, a cancer survivor, did his best to keep the troops together. Relief finally came when Dolan made his signature move, a pratfall. Since dealing Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov, Dolan has seen his ranks go 20-22, including a 6-8 mark this season. The depth, three-point shooting, ball movement and chemistry went west with Stoudemire’s supporting cast. ‘I think both organizations probably have at least one more move, or two moves, that they’re going to make to get where they want to go,’ Karl told several reporters. ‘I think they’re feeling good about some of their pieces. I think we’re feeling good about some of our pieces.’ Then Karl turned to an old acquaintance and said, ‘Pretty diplomatic, huh?’”

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  • Hulahula

    Knicks is better without melo

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    ^Nuggets to..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    ^Nuggets too*

  • ClydeSays

    You can imagine Karl watching every single Knicks game & laughing as the ball stops on one side of the floor & it gets dribbled into the floor until the double team comes & a contested shot is jacked up…

  • underdog

    Ray Felton is one of the most underrated players in the L. Trading him, and than trading Billups wasn’t smart at all.

  • KoBynum716

    Agreed with underdog. But I think Shumpert’s pretty good, still developing, and he’s already a great defender.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Melo is a DOPE player, but he doesn’t fit into Antoni’s system. You telling me EVERY team in the league is better off without Melo? Get real…

  • BoWeezy24

    ANY Team Carmelo Plays With, Won’t Ever Be Champion Contenders! Carmelo Is Good, but Doesn’t Make His Team Better! Go NYK :)

  • T-Money

    O: not every team. just contenders lol. i kid, i think.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    From the looks of it all titles are going to LeBron, Durant and Rose for the foreseeable future. Sorry Kobe, your time is over, homie…

  • http://Facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    All Melo’s had since he stepped into the L is doubters. Melo is basketball. D’Antoni is the problem, Donnie Walsh gutting a team to get Melo was the problem. However the players need to find a way to make it work, nm what D’Antoni says because he’s never won anything. Ignore that man and play some good ball NY.

  • @Deknowz

    Antoni-no type-o, (He doesn’t know what D is!!!!!) needs to go, he’s letting his ego about his idiotic offensive scheme get in the way of using the pieces he has!

  • ChipS

    What i’ve seen from Melo this year is he’s trusting guys more than he’s ever trusted anybody. In my opinion he’s trusting them more than he should be at times cause he sometimes tries to force passes which leads to turnovers. Can’t tell you how many times his passes have hit Chandler in the numbers and he fumbles it or finding Landry Fields or Harrellson for open shots and they just miss them, and not to mention STAT being open on pick and roll and passing up open shots and waiting for someone to close out. That’s when he goes into hero mode and starts forcing shots which is why his shooting percentage is down. Unlike years past, defense is not the problem, its the offense. If Baron Davis can just get the offense in some kind of flow they will be ok, forget about the Gstate B.D. just get Offense going. Because Shumpert going all Chauncey Billups and Douglas shooting on every pick and roll is not working.

  • http://slamonline house

    I wonder what was going on with Melo vs the Bucks today, dude seemed to be ultra frustrated. Knicks imploding?

  • Michael

    I PREDICTED THIS THE MOMENT THE KNICKS GUTTED THEIR ENTIRE ROSTER OF DECENT ROLE PLAYERS. Carmelo Anthony is the type of player that looks great in the stat book. He will always get his 25 and 7. But the way he plays on the floor is horrendous. He’s like a black hole when he gets the ball and the entire offense comes to a halt. His teammates get dejected because they never get the ball. He is a great individual player, but he is not the type of player that wins championships. I think the ceiling for this Knicks team is the second round at best.

  • underdog

    ^ I don’t want to be seem like a hater, but if Brandon Jennings drops 30+ points on your team on your own home court, that clearly shows how much your backcourt sucks. Melo has all the reasons to be furious, he’s ballin’. But whatever happend to Amaré!?

  • crooklyn

    Amare’ is definitely a one trick (pick and roll) pony at this point, he’s showing that without a good pg he is basically lost. What a shame because he can be much more, but his basketball iq is near 0. Dude seems lost on almost every play on both sides of the ball. Melo on the other hand gives you exactly what you are looking for from him, ain’t no surprises. Clyde made one good point that he definitely should be hovering around triple doubles nightly on his skills and iq alone. As for denver, hey they got lucky with the trade, but melo did do good things over there and until they show more than they did in the playoffs, who’s to say that they are better. A lockout shortened season ain’t helping either.