HoopsHype Melvin Ely rumors
Of these types of meetings, Nuggets coach George Karl said: "I think they're Band-Aids. But sometimes they turn the corner, sometimes it works. To me, it's a sign that they know there's a problem, so that's good." Ely is a seven-year veteran, meaning he is also a veteran of players-only meetings. He's seen both sides of these things. "I was with San Antonio, and we had a players-only meeting. And you can be for (darn) sure that we didn't lose much after that. "I played for the Clippers. Had a players-only meeting. Still lost." Denver Post
Ely said players can have a meeting just to have a meeting, but the only way it will work is if the players approach it honestly and with thick skins. Coaches matter, yes. But, as Ely said: "Sometimes, players need a kick in the butt — and the best people to do it are the other players. I could go up to Melo and say something bad, and I bet you that he'd take it worse than if a coach said it. "It's all dependent on the players. Sometimes, if the right things are said, it can help. But you can't go in there kissing the top player's butt because he's the top player. You got to be truthful, 1 through 15. If that happens, then I think that would work." Denver Post
Seven-year NBA veteran Melvin Ely will join the Nuggets, according to agent Byron Irvin. Ely, who has career averages of 5.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg, is about to sign a non-guaranteed contract with Denver, which would become his sixth team in the league. "This is a great opportunity for Melvin and he's ready for the challenge," Irvin said. HoopsHype
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