Tuesday , Nov , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

George Karl Rips on Allen Iverson

But the more Nuggets coach George Karl watches Chauncey Billups run his offense – and watches Iverson lead the Detroit Pistons – it has become clearer that Iverson, well, wasn’t the answer.

"There are less bad plays, more solid plays," Karl said of the former 76er, who was traded earlier this month. "I think the wasteful, cheap possessions that we used to have 10 to 15 a game, they don’t exist very much anymore."

What always irked Karl was Iverson’s inability to run the offense like a general. When it came to beating the elite teams, the Nuggets had too many questions with The Answer – about his shot selection, his dedication to defense and his ability/inability to trust his teammates.

"Sometimes I saw something, but I couldn’t get it done on the court because I didn’t have a playmaker out there," Karl said.