Friday, February 25, 2011
Carmelo Anthony deflects George Karl
By Ian Begley
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Carmelo Anthony may be out of Denver, but the MeloDrama continues.
Nuggets coach George Karl was critical of Anthony during an interview at halftime of the Celtics-Nuggets game broadcast on TNT Thursday night.
Karl said that Anthony's "defensive focus, his demand of himself, is what frustrated us more than anything."
Shortly after the interview, Anthony posted the following on his verified Twitter account: "Damn, are u serious. Some people never [cease] to amaze me. Unbelievable."
He followed with "WHEN THE GRASS IS CUT THE SNAKES WILL SHOW."
On Friday, Anthony was asked to respond to his former coach's comments.
"That's him. That's George Karl so I don't really try to pay too much attention to that," Anthony told the New York Daily News. "I know what I've done there in the 7½ years I've been there; going to the Western Conference Finals. Last year, we were top five in a lot of categories. All that stuff, I don't know where it's coming from. I try not to pay too much attention to it."
Anthony scored 27 points on 10-of-25 shooting in his Knicks debut on Wednesday night, a 114-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. He had 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks seal their third straight win.
Anthony, a Brooklyn native, makes his Knicks road debut on Friday night in Cleveland.
The Cavs are 10-47 and have lost nine of 10. The Knicks will be looking to avenge an embarrassing 109-102 loss in Cleveland on Dec. 18. The Cavs' NBA-record 26-game losing streak started two nights later against the Utah Jazz.
The Knicks have lost nine straight to Cleveland, eight of which came when LeBron James was in a Cavaliers uniform.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.