Earlier we noted that Nuggets head coach George Karl is all about keeping Carmelo Anthony in Denver. He’s not alone (by a longshot). Today, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post writes that Denver point guard Chauncey Billups is joining the campaign to keep ’Melo in the Mile High City.
“I’ve had some very direct conversations with him that I would never share that with anybody else,” said Billups this morning from his hotel room in Spain as he and the U.S. basketball team prepares to face Lithuania Saturday night in Madrid.
Billups also hinted that those conversations were positive.
“He has not once said he didn’t want to be a Nugget,” Billups said. “He loves Denver, he loves the Nuggets, he loves the fans. So, it’s a part of him that I’m sure is eating him up a little bit because he’s taken all this press and he’s not said one thing to support or to not support what they are saying. He’s just trying to enjoy his summer, chill out and he’s in every story. Honestly, I think that the publications and things are out of control.”
Surely those are reassuring words for the City of Denver, even if they are not totally conclusive.