Despite some of his former teammates dishing out criticism to former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl after a series of rants in an excerpt of his new book: Furious George — New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is at total peace with his relationship with his former coach.
Karl had made references to Anthony’s unwillingness to play defense and how wouldn’t exactly stop him from being a superstar, but it kept him from being a winner.
The 65-year-old coach went as far as to fault him and then-teammate Kenyon Martin for their large contracts and the lack of presence from a father figure in their lives.
Anthony spoke to the media after a 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic, saying he doesn’t have to speak about it since his former teammates are doing most of the talk for him.
“It’s irrelevant to me,” Anthony told reporters. “It’s irrelevant at this point. The truth of the matter is everybody else is kind of speaking up on the matter from their own experience, so I really don’t have to speak on it.”
Martin, now retired from the NBA has been by far the most vocal about Karl’s comments, while Anthony and former teammate J.R. Smith have taken the high road, a move that makes sense as it can be a bad look for their image as players.
“I just hope he finds happiness in whatever he’s doing,” Anthony told ESPN’s Ian Begley.