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George Karl Blasts Melo, J.R. Smith in New Book

by: JamieD On  Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Tell us how you really feel, George Karl.

The former head coach of the Spurs, Cavs, Warriors, Supersonics, Bucks, Nuggets and Kings has a tell-all book coming out.  In that book, Karl talks about his time with the Denver Nuggets, where he was responsible for coaching none other than Carmelo Anthony.

Did Karl describe his time in the Rockies as an enjoyable one?  Not quite, thanks in large part to Melo.

Karl describes Melo as a “conundrum.”  Via ESPN:

“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” Karl wrote in “Furious George,” according to an advance copy obtained by the New York Post. “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.”

Karl would later describe Melo’s trade as being “a sweet release for the coach and the team, like popping a blister.”

Melo wasn’t Karl’s only problem in Denver, though. The former coach also referred to the likes of J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin as “spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.” He goes on to say that Smith had “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection.”

Sounds like Karl’s time in Denver was a riot. I can’t wait to hear what type of reaction Melo, J.R. Smith, and even DeMarcus Cousins have to the release of his book, “Furious George,” which is set to hit store shelves next month.



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