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Former NBA coach George Karl has crossed the line. In his new book “Furious George”, Karl sounds off on former players Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith. Karl took shots at Melo’s personality, calling him a “user of people” and “spoiled brat”. Later in the book, Karl explains that he struggled to coach Anthony and Martin because they grew up with no fathers.
It’s disturbing to see a man who smiled in the face of his players, turn around and say things in such a negative and racist tone about those same players, years after he is out of the spotlight. Via NY Post:
Karl also took aim in “Furious George” at former Nuggets, and ex-Knicks, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin. He branded the trio of Anthony, Smith and Martin as “AAU babies” — akin to “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.”
Karl also referred to Smith’s entourage as “posse’’ — a racially loaded phrase that got Knicks president Phil Jackson in hot water when he used it regarding LeBron James’ managers.
“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 wrote Anthony and Martin not having fathers in their lives became a detriment to their personalities.
“Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” Karl wrote.
On JR Smith:
Regarding Smith, Karl wrote that Smith’s father, Earl Sr., “urged his son to shoot the ball and keep shooting it from the very moment I put him in the game.’’
Karl wrote Smith carried “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection.