It is no secret that George Karl is a tough and very passionate coach. Once again, he showed this temperament when writing in his book — especially on certain topics such as Carmelo Anthony.
In his autobiography “Furious George”, Karl criticizes Carmelo Anthony and his attitude towards defense, self-promoting and selfishness.
Karl was the head coach of Denver Nuggets from 2005 until 2015, and he coached Carmelo Anthony for seven and a half years.
“Carmelo Anthony was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” Karl mentioned in the 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.” Karl continued, “He really lit my fuse with his low demand for 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 also is your leader. But since Carmelo only played hard on one side of the ball, he made it plain and simple 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.”
Carmelo Anthony, who was averaging 24.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, requested a trade in the midseason of 2011, after seven years and making it to the Conference Finals in 2009.
He went to New York, along with Chauncey Billups, in exchange for Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton Timofey Mozgov and draft picks in 2011 NBA draft.
After this trade, George Karl said the experience was like “a sweet release for the coach and the team, like popping a blister,” and added that they have won in this trade.
In his book he also slammed Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith, calling them “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.” He also added about Anthony and Martin that they had no role model: “Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man.”
He was a little softer to J.R. Smith, but also unpleasant, saying that he only listened to his father who was advised him to shoot all the time, no matter the position. “He urged his son to shoot the ball and keep shooting it from the very moment I put him in the game.”
He added that he was disappointed when J.R. was traded because he was obviously a talented player. Denver didn’t help him develop into the superstar he could have been.
George Karl is one of the few coaches to have over 1000 wins in his career, with a record 1175 wins and 824 losses. He spent 32 years as a head coach at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets. Currently he is at Sacramento.
In 2013, he was named coach of the year. He was also was also the head coach for the NBA-all Star Game four times.