During his coaching days, George Karl became one of the more respected head coaches in the league as he is a veteran whose career spanned over 20 years. He recently released a book with the title “Furious George” which has been controversial because of the rants he made against his former players, including New York Knicks‘ forward Carmelo Anthony, who was under his tutelage for six seasons.
Karl did not hold back in one of the excerpts in his essay and even went as far as referring to Anthony as someone addicted to the spotlight.
“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him. 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.”
Anthony on the other hand kept mum on his former coach’s comments and only wished him luck in his endeavors.
“I just hope he finds happiness in whatever he’s doing.”
Now, another one of Karl’s former players has given his thoughts on his tirade. Former finals MVP and five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups called him a wack and was obviously not pleased with his comments.
“George Karl’s wack for that, man. It was wrong! He stepped out of line on that.”
Billups was known during his playing days as one of the best leaders on on and off the court, and was a no nonsense type of person.
With the book releasing in a few weeks and the amount of attention Karl is already receiving with his controversial comments, it appears that his former players speaking publicly and letting everyone know about their disapproval of them will not end anytime soon.