Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Karl: "You suck at defense!" Carmelo: "I know!"

The Knicks game last night was absolutely dreadful. Porous defense, despicable shot selections, and, to top it all off, Carmelo Anthony hurt his elbow! Off the court—as mundane as it may be—the Knicks newest superstar is finding himself in another media driven cross-hare; things are getting feisty. Regarding the super lame former head coach/his former superstar feud, here’s Karl’s response to Carmelo’s tweets…

…which were a reaction to Karl’s taped TNT interview that aired Thursday night (courtesy of The Denver Post):

“I’m responsible for it, but the thing is – if you ran the whole interview, 75-80 percent of it was positive reinforcement on what a great seven years we had with Melo and what a great player he was – the best offensive player I’ve ever coached. In seven years, there’s no way that you’re going to have every day be happy. When you lose, he’s mad at something and I’m mad at something. I’m just sorry about the way it came out. I have tremendous respect for the guy. I think he’s going to be a Hall of Fame player. I’m kind of angry and frustrated with all the things that went on, but at the same time, I respect what he did.”

I hate to get lazy when describing something in writing but this whole thing is stupid. So we’re clear, all George Karl did was praise Anthony as the “greatest offensive player he’s ever coached” and then follow that up with some harsh/fair criticism in regards to Carmelo’s defensive intensity.  This shouldn’t be an indictment on either man, both great at what they do, and to be perfectly honest, if Carmelo felt a problem existed with what George Karl had to say, he probably shouldn’t have resorted to a feeble response on Twitter.  Come on, man! Leave that beef realm to the ladies.

On a side note, last night Danilo Gallinari came within one game clinching free throw of matching his career high, 31. He settled for 30 and the Nuggets eventually fell victim to a magical Brandon Roy narrative. Apart from sinking two free throws, there’s really nothing that could have been done, and I thank Gallo for giving us the game of the night.

Topics: Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, George Karl

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