December 23, 2006 12:00 AM
Karl's next trick
George Karl will have his hands full. Once Melo returns it will be tricky to keep two big scorers happy. It's going to be interesting to watch.
Just as I thought, I got quite a lot of feedback on the blog about my earlier Iverson cartoon (Poison Iverson). I have to admit it always bothers me and at the same time baffles me when people call me a racist for doing a sports cartoon about an athlete who happens to be African-American. Just because I happen to take a viewpoint that is different than the mainstream does not make me a racist. In this case I simply stated that perhaps Iverson won't be the perfect fit here in Denver because of his documented past of being difficult to deal with, both from coaches who have coached him and players who have played with him. He has the reputation of being a selfish player who is not always a great teammate. That is the point I was making. Nothing more and nothing less. I believe the body of work I have done during my 24 years as a sports editorial cartoonist here at the Rocky speaks for itself in regard to racial issues. I have done numerous cartoons on athletes such as the late Buck O'Neil and Arthur Ashe that support my stance on racial injustice. I'm a huge fan of the late Martin Luther King and Howard Thurman, both advocates of the civil rights movement.
I am an editorial cartoonist. An editorial cartoon is one that states an opinion, sometimes one that is not always popular. I'm not trying to be funny day in and day out. Sometimes the cartoons are poignant, other times stinging. It is the nature of the beast. I'm thankful to live and work in a country where various opinions can be heard, or in my case, drawn in total freedom. Freedom is an idea, I believe, that Martin Luther King lived his very life for.