Mark Heisler: Break up the Nuggets

So much for winning back Carmelo Anthony's heart …

At full strength at last with Kenyon Martin back, winning 9 of 12 at home and with road games against the lowly Clippers and Kings on tap, the Nuggets were set to make their push.

Unfortunately, with the Clippers and Kings bombing them back-to-back, it's time for Plan B, as in Back Up the Truck.

And for the really bad news, not only is Anthony heading out after spurning extension offers, Chauncey Billups, Nene, J.R. Smith and Martin, all on expiring deals, may be too.

Say good night to the Lakers of the Rockies.

They were fun while they lasted … both seasons.

Bright lights, which city? Unfortunately, Anthony's wife, La La Vasquez, the former VH1 personality, wants a glamour destination, like New York.

That once included the Nets, who are bound for both Anthonys' native Brooklyn. Unfortunately, that was set back to 2012 as the Nets dropped out of sight and off Anthony's list.

Owner Mikhail Prokorhov wants a star so badly, he may trade for him anyway.

The Knicks, who offered Danilo Gallinari, are now offering … nothing … knowing they can just sign Anthony.

More likely, they will keep both their full slots for Dwight Howard and Chris Paul in 2012.

The Lakers and Clippers aren't interested, so there goes the other coast.

The Nuggets' best shot is a realistic assessment of Anthony's options … remote as that may be.

Next conspiracy: Remember when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh said as Olympians in 2008 it would be neat to play together in the NBA?

It happened again!

The Timberwolves' Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix that he, Derrick Rose and former UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook did it at last summer's World Championships in Turkey.

"It's fun to talk about," Love said. "When the time comes, we'll assess the situation and figure it out."

Not that Rose and Westbrook are expected to give one thought to leaving Chicago or Oklahoma City, respectively.

As for the always gracious Love, he says "I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't see it last year."

Happily for the Timberwolves, he's there through 2013. Unhappily, they're 24-94 with him.

They said it: Wizards coach Flip Saunders on what the selection of JaVale McGee, whom he keeps on a yo-yo, for the dunk contest might do for his confidence: "Nothing. Gerald Green won the dunk contest. Where's he at now?" (Green now plays in Russia but is way more confident.)

Howard on Hedo Turkoglu, starring for the Magic after leaving for pratfalls with the Raptors and Suns: "The one thing that's better with Turk was he was out of shape for all the years he was here and now he's like 8 percent body fat, which is the lowest since he has been alive."

Nuggets coach George Karl on his team's turnovers: "Sam Cassell always had a good quote: 'If you shoot it, you can't turn it over.' Maybe I should tell that to Chauncey and Carmelo."

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News on the recent Nets-Timberwolves game, ultimately won by Minnesota: "If LeBron James … was able to kick just one team out of the league, the New Year's Day clash between the Nets and Timberwolves would mean a lot more than which team gets more Ping-Pong balls. … Loser is out of the league. … I'm thinking Kevin Love would be a good fit on the Nets."

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