He now regrets offending them.
The most pungent comments were a direct shot to family ties after saying the two things Anthony and Martin carried two big burdens “all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” he wrote.
Karl also made comments blaming Lillard for the Blazers struggles this season after overachieving last season with a completely rehauled roster. The point guard along with his head coach Terry Stotts chose to disassociate from Karl’s comments as he has never coached or spoken to Lillard before.
The 65-year-old coach helped clear the air in the NBA A to Z podcast with USA Today’s Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgit — repenting having taken things a bit too far in his book.
“I think the one thing is (the) fatherhood (comments),” Karl told Amick and Zillgit. “Fatherhood is very important to me, and I made that a target. It seems like that was the one thing, and I said it poorly, I wrote it poorly, it’s read poorly in the book.”
However, Karl added on to his list of regrets shortly after.
“And my whole thing is the one thing I regret probably most is some of the mothers (being offended). Kenyon Martin’s mother is one of the great mothers, superstar mothers of the NBA, and I would never want to take anything away from some of the special families and also special mothers.”
Karl is highly unlikely to ever coach in the NBA again, as the little credibility he had after his recent failures as a coach has vanished with this book, which regardless of its veracity, completely breaks any sort of personal trust he could ever have with a player — a crucial asset for a coach.
“I think for me, whenever the storm settles a little bit, I think that’s a possibility that hopefully maybe Kenyon and whoever else, J.R. (Smith), Melo, whoever other people who feel that we should have a one-on-one conversation, I would be totally and completely open to that.”