George Karl Is Trying To Sell Books By Taking Shots At Carmelo Anthony
It’s been almost six years now since George Karl coached Carmelo Anthony. Back then, Carmelo was still running with the Denver Nuggets, and while everything may have looked like it was OK on the outside looking in, it sounds as though Karl wasn’t thrilled with the way that Carmelo conducted himself when he played on his watch.
Karl is preparing to release a memoir called Furious George at the beginning of 2017, and the New York Post just received an advanced copy of it. In the book, Karl apparently takes a series of shots at Carmelo and makes it seem as though he didn’t enjoy coaching him. He thinks the Nuggets did a really smart thing by trading Carmelo to the New York Knicks in February 2011, and he writes about how difficult it was to try and get Carmelo to be the player he wanted him to be during their six years together.
“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” Karl writes in his book. “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.”
Carmelo wasn’t the only one to meet Karl’s wrath, either. Carmelo’s former Nuggets teammate J.R. Smith did, too. In his book, Karl compares Anthony, Smith, and Kenyon Martin to “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis,” and he also refers to Smith as having “a huge sense of entitlement” at the beginning of his career. Additionally, Karl rips Smith for having “a distracting posse” and a “really unbelievable shot selection.”
It’s pretty obvious why Karl would say these things. He’s currently in the business of selling books—and no one is going to buy his book if he simply tells boring stories about players no one actually cares about. By going after guys like Carmelo and J.R., he is capturing the attention of sports fans and making them wonder what else he’s going to have in his memoir.
That being said, it seems unfair to force Carmelo and J.R. to answer for what they used to be. Carmelo is a much different basketball player in 2016 than he was in 2011, and J.R. has changed a lot since he played for the Nuggets. But Karl’s book is going to force them both to relive those days and to defend who they used to be.
Karl’s book hits stores in January. Will you be picking up a copy?