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George Karl calls Carmelo bad at defense, Carmelo is unhappy

Feb 25, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

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In an interview taped before last night’s Celtics/Nuggets game on TNT, George Karl was enthusiastic about how the new-look Nuggets would be playing defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on the defensive end.

Anthony apparently noticed, and tweeted the following last night:

Damn, are u serious. Some people never seize (sic) to amaze me. Unbelievable


In any case, the Nuggets held a depleted Celtics team to 75 points on Thursday, which is the lowest total they’ve held an opposing team to all season long. The Nuggets had the highest offensive efficiency in the league when they traded Carmelo, but their defense was what was keeping them from being a real title contender. If Carmelo wants to do with New York what he wasn’t able to do with Denver, he may want to listen to what Karl is saying. After the New York honeymoon is over, Knicks fans are going to want wins, and lots of them. And that won’t happen without defense, and defense won’t happen until the superstars buy in.

  1. lebronsinsecurity - Feb 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Is there really a need for Karl say that?…Probably not. Was he a %100 correct?? Absolutely

    • steelyres211 - Feb 25, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      There was a need for Karl to say that… when Anthony was still with the Nuggets.

      • pdbro - Feb 25, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        Who’s to say he didn’t? It may not have been public, but I’m sure Melo caught it in practice plenty. For a time, at least.

  2. chargerdillon - Feb 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Truth hurts huh melo

  3. pff - Feb 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM


  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Feb 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    The old Knicks played well last night. Galo with that nice dunk, Felton’s floaters in the lane, and Chandler with those threes. Wish those guys well, they play hard and Denver will love that.

    • denverhoopdreams - Feb 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      We are loving it! THANKS!

  5. zackd2 - Feb 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Stay classy George

  6. kendba - Feb 25, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Carmelo better bring wins to NY. He’s not even a home town boy but being treated like
    one. See Baron Davis.

  7. dysraw1 - Feb 25, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    enough wit the sour grapes george

  8. willcoop - Feb 25, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    I’m really still trying to figure out who is going to rebound. Amare and Melo are allegic to rebounding. Picture this; Chris Paul at the point melee at the three and Amare at well, who knows. The opposition will be slobbering to post up Paul, the other two will give you high octane offense and not a stitch of defense. I really don’t see this team being anything more than a marketing tool to deepen the pockets at the fans expense. The Knicks got fleeced on this deal and my question is who is getting fired in two years when they figure out we gave away the farm for this trash can!

  9. dansullivan82 - Feb 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Is this news?Did anybody think Melo played D?

  10. dysraw1 - Feb 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    hey amare does play defense he just needs more biggs 2 clear some space

    • mytthor - Feb 27, 2011 at 4:29 AM

      If you’re 6’11 with ridiculous athleticism and your excuse for defense is that you need bigs around you, I’ve got bad news for you.

  11. dysraw1 - Feb 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    all the greats had people who cleared space except bill rusell, point in case is that amare would be a better defender if he could be free to foul more. when he has to sit we have nothing

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

      You don’t know much about Basketball my friend, maybe your sport is BASE-KET BALL?

  12. ibchuck33 - Feb 27, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    The Knicks need a better coach. D’antoni’s defensive philosophy is lacking and his history proves it. They won’t win a championship with him in control.

  13. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    This is what Karl really wanted to say, ” damn i just lost my superstar”,

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