Carmelo Anthony
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Almost from the moment, the Denver Nuggets hired George Karl as a coach, people predicted he would feud with young star Carmelo Anthony.

Karl’s history of conflict and Anthony’s demeanor seemed like a rough match … and indeed they were.

Even as Denver won games, these two egos clashed, and just when it seemed like success might bring lasting peace, real life and the business of basketball intervened: