Former Nuggets Coach George Karl Blames His Lack of Coaching Skills on His Black Players Not Having Fathers


Former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is putting it all out on the table in his new book, Furious George.

In parts of the book he talks about what it was like to coach a young Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin.

“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.”

That was actually the nice part, but then he went deeper and blamed a lack of father figures on Carmelo and Kenyon’s life, claiming that contributed to the way they behaved.

“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.

He also blames J.R. Smith’s father for his son’s tendency to just throw up shots every single game with reckless abandon.

“Regarding Smith, Karl wrote that Smith’s father, Earl Sr., “urged his son to shoot the ball and keep shooting it from the very moment I put him in the game.’’

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