George Carl trained Carmelo Anthony on the Denver Nugget from 2005 to February 2011. When the Nuggets traded Anthony in for the New York Knicks, Carl said it was a nice release for the coach and the team, like a blistering shot.
It was just the beginning of Carl’s shadow on Anthony. The former Nuggets head coach said that Anthony’s fatherless upbringing caused maturity problems in Denver. He said this phrase in his book Angry George, published in 2016.
In his book, Carl described Anthony as a real mystery and stated that the future Hall of Surname was not a leader because of his inadequate defensive efforts.
But back to today, and Carl’s tone has changed after years of thinking about Anthony. Anthony, 68, said he’s the best offensive player he’s ever coached and that he wants to do more to help Melo become the champion:
Melo was the best striker I ever trained. Looking back I wish I could have helped him to become champion. https://t.co/bs3JvvzxH6 pic.twitter.com/TSI2I6vpC5
– George Carl (@CoachKarl22) 20. March 2020.
Carmelo Anthony has played in 564 games with nuggets, after finishing third in the 2003 selection. He ended his career in Denver with an average of 24.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Melo has been All-Star four times in the Nugget and is the third largest marker in the history of the franchise, only second only to Alex English and Dan Issel.
Anthony brought the nuggets to the finals of the 2009 Western Conference, where Denver lost to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s the most advanced team Anthony has had since then, as Melo hasn’t made the second round of the playoffs since he was swapped by Denver.