Former NBA coach George Karl wrote a book titled “Furious George” and he’s holding nothing back. In the upcoming book he has a ton to say about Carmelo Anthony, who he coached six seasons during his time with the Denver Nuggets. He scolded Carmelo’s attitude, calling him “a conundrum,’’ a user, and saying that he was not a leader and was unwilling to share the spotlight.
“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” Karl wrote. “He was the best offensive player I ever coached. He was also a user of people, addicted to the spotlight and very unhappy when he had to share it. He really lit my fuse with his low demand of himself on defense. He had no commitment to the hard, dirty work of stopping the other guy. My ideal — probably every coach’s ideal — is when your best player is also your leader. But since Carmelo only played hard on one side of the ball, he made it plain he couldn’t lead the Nuggets, even though he said he wanted to. Coaching him meant working around his defense and compensating for his attitude.”
Karl also went on to say about Anthony, “The volume of questions about Carmelo eventually wore me down. Sometimes I got so sick of talking about him that I’d just throw up my hands and say: ‘I don’t know what he is and I don’t care.’ ”
It didn’t stop there, though. George Karl also brought Kenyon Martin into the mix. “Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man.”
He also referred to Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith as “AAU babies’’ and “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.’’
Karl also said Smith, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, had “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection.’’
Don’t think George Karl had any ill feelings towards losing Melo to the Knicks. In fact, he recalls the trade as “a sweet release for the coach and the team, like popping a blister.’’
You can read more from “Furious George” HERE.
Carmelo Anthony has yet to respond to comments Karl made, but J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin didn’t mind dedicating about 5 seconds of their day to their bitter former coach. “Still trying to be relevant. Sad just sad,” tweeted Smith.
“The Nerve of an AWFUL AND COWARD ASS COACH,” tweeted Kenyon Martin. “I didn’t have a father going up. We all know that. What’s George Karl’s excuse for being a terrible person?”
Reggie Evans, who also played under George Karl, said of Karl’s memoir, “That dude is old and unhappy with himself.”
Needless to say, these players remain unbothered and continue to do well for themselves.
Check out more of what Kenyon Martin had to say.