Melo, Kenyon Martin & Other Former Nuggets Respond To George Karl For Ripping Carmelo Anthony In New Book
Here we go again. To create hype for an upcoming tell-all book, controversial excerpts are released with the hopes it will generate some pre-orders. The author of this latest example is former coaching great George Karl, the book is called “Furious George” and it has a few of his former players feeling furious over the holidays.
Here’s a few of the juicy book excerpts – that I’m not going to comment on until I read it within context- followed by responses from Kenyon Martin, JR Smith and other former Nuggets.
“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” Karl wrote. “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.”
Karl also wrote: “The volume of questions about Carmelo eventually wore me down. Sometimes I got so sick of talking about him that I’d just throw up my hands and say: ‘I don’t know what he is and I don’t care.’ ”
Karl wrote Anthony and Martin not having fathers in their lives became a detriment to their personalities.
“Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” Karl wrote.
Karl wrote Anthony “was such a talented kid,’’ he could’ve “become the best defender at his position in the NBA.’’
Melo is keeping Melo about the book since everybody else is speaking up for him but he did joke with the media saying he will comment on it when he writes his own book.