Chauncey Billups Says George Karl is ‘Wack’ For His ‘Fatherless’ Comments About Melo & Kenyon Martin (Video)
This past week, excerpts from former Nuggets coach Geaorge Karl’s book ‘Furious George’ were revealed and he took many shots at a young Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, & 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.”
His comments about them not having fathers is what upset most people.
“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.
Former Denver Nuggets PG Chauncey Billups was not a fan of those comments by his former coach. He proceeded to put him on blast for it on Sunday during ESPN’s Christmas day broadcast.
“George Karl is wack for that,” Billups said on the broadcast. “It was wrong, it was wrong. He stepped out of line.”
“There were some things that made some sense as a coach you can say, but as you know Jalen (Rose), as someone who has been in the league for a long time, there’s certain things (you don’t reveal), you don’t bring people behind certain closets.”