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George Karl sad to see players go

Updated: February 23, 2011, 12:50 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The mood was Melo-choly at the Pepsi Center.

Only, the anguish Tuesday had as much -- if not more -- to do with Chauncey Billups' departure as it did Carmelo Anthony's.

Coach George Karl echoed a community's sadness in seeing its hometown hero, who wanted to stay put, leave for the Big Apple along with the superstar who wanted out. Anthony was one of the best players in Denver Nuggets history, but Billups was possibly its most popular.

In a three-team swap that ...

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