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On a one-week assignment with the Nuggets last season in full anticipation of Carmelo Anthony exclusively spilling his guts to me about every aspect of his life and forthcoming destination, I accompanied the team on its charter to Phoenix.

There was a shootaround the morning of the game, Nov. 15, 2010. J.R. Smith overslept. When he showed up, eyes bloodshot and all-attitude, he was nonchalant about his lateness. George Karl was pretty peeved.

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