The two biggest fears that the Denver Nuggets and their fans have to face this summer, are coach George Karl’s health and the chances of Carmelo Anthony leaving on the free agency market. But two recent stories should give the Nuggets a needed life.
Ken Berger from CBSsports.com reported that Anthony and the Nuggets are discussing a three-year contract extension. While bets are off that it will work out, especially considering that Anthony would be the biggest name on the open market next season and teams like Washington and New York hot on his trail. Bethlehem Shoals, aka Nathaniel Friedman, wrote a piece for Fanhouse.com about why Anthony shouldn’t sign an extension. He stated that the reason Anthony would sign an extension would be due to his faith, loyalty and the idea that Denver is home. Of course, that the closest thing to a hometown for Anthony (comparing him to LeBron James) is Washington. However, would you really want to move to Washington after living in Denver for the last six years?
Chris Tomasson, Rocky Mountain News castoff and another current Fanhouse blogger, had an extensive interview (with award winning photos, I might add) with Karl and how he is doing mentally and physically. While Tomasson and Karl talked about next season and how Karl’s passion has grown, but he also suggested that Karl still has interest in coaching JR Smith. He also mentioned that Karl doesn’t want to trade JR and he is important to the squad, which is true but somehow it is still hard to see JR in a Nuggets jersey next season.