Clippers star Paul George tags ‘bully’ Carmelo Anthony as toughest player he’s ever guarded
Los Angeles Clippers superstar Paul George is one of the premier wing stoppers in the league today. The six-time All-Star has guarded his fair share of great players over the years, but he recently revealed that it was prime Carmelo Anthony that gave him trouble the most.
In a guest appearance on All The Smoke podcast with retired NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, George made his case why Melo’s bully style of basketball was so hard to contain.
“I caught him the first time he was in Denver, before he got traded. He was bully ball. Miss it, go get it. Miss it, go get it. He had me on weights. He was just strong as hell. He was the toughest cover I ever matched up with,” the Clippers star said.
Here’s the full clip of the interview:
Carmelo Anthony first came into the league in 2003 after his one-and-done collegiate career in Syracuse. Braided Melo was a problem for the rest of the league right away, as he used his stocky built to bully defenders on the post.
At his prime, the 10-time All-Star played with such finesse and grace, but it was his overwhelming physicality that caught a lot of great defenders off guard. Paul George can certainly attest to this fact.
George, meanwhile, began his NBA career in 2010 and was primarily knowns more as a defensive stopper at Fresno State. He honed his game during his years with the Indiana Pacers and soon rose up the ranks as one of the best two-way players of this generation.
Melo is no longer the same lethal scorer he once was. Still, fans have seen flashes of his old self from time to time last year with the Portland Trail Blazers.
PG13 and Melo will have plenty of chances to play against each other, especially with the Clippers and Blazers in the same conference.