George Karl asks Carmelo Anthony to focus on this season, not next

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anthony_Karl.jpgGeorge Karl and Carmelo Anthony finally had a sit down, face-to-face conversation. The two guys that, one way or another, will most determine just how far the Nuggets go this season.

Karl’s words — focus on this team, this season. Not trades or the summer. Be present, because this Nuggets team could be good. Anthony got it. (Quotes from tweets of Chris Tomasson of FanHouse)

“He didn’t try to work me over. He just wanted me to really focus in and told me that he’s looking for my leadership skills and what I’ve been doing in training camp he’s been satisfied with.”

“It was cool. It was my first time talking to him basically the whole summer face to face. We reflected back on last season. He told me what he was looking for… this season.”

These Nuggets could well be good, right in the middle of that second tier in the West (the Lakers have their own tier in that conference). This team made it to the Western Conference finals two seasons ago and that is a good goal for this team again. It’s what Karl has put out there.

But if the season becomes the “where is Melo going?” circus, then all bets are off. There will be a certain amount of it that is inescapable (wait until they travel to Madison Square Garden), but how much Anthony and the Nuggets let that in the locker room determines how this team plays out this season.

Well, at least until the Denver front office figures out what it wants and trades him. That’s assuming they can find a partner when they do get it together.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.