Terry Stotts Tells George Karl To ‘Stay in His Own Lane’ After Criticizing Damian Lillard (Video)
Former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl has been on the war path after excerpts from his new book ‘Furious George’ revealed him taking shots at former players like Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin.
He then went on to state that the NBA had a huge steroid problem that needs to be addressed. After setting many fires with his new book, he began starting even more controversies with current players.
In an interview published by New York Magazine on Wednesday, George Karl criticized Portland Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard for caring more about his personal brand than his on-court play.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was not going to sit idly by and watch Karl trash his star player.
“I owe a lot to George,” Stotts said. “I got my start in coaching with George. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him, he’s a successful coach. That being said, if he wants to diminish his chances for the Hall of Fame, if he wants to undermine his chances of being a head coach again in this league, if he wants to settle old scores with GMs, players or whoever else, that’s his prerogative. But when it comes to my team and my players, he needs to stay in his own lane.“He doesn’t know Damian Lillard. He doesn’t know how coachable he is. He doesn’t know what a great teammate he is. He doesn’t know how much Damian cares about winning and how important he is to this franchise. And however well intended [his comments] may have been, which I don’t understand, I can’t tolerate.”
Stotts used to be an assistant coach under Karl, starting in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association and then with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks. But whatever relationship they might have had before, it now appears to be a thing of the past.
“I won’t reach out, there’s no reason to be personable,” Stotts said. “Other than it is pretty personable when you start commenting on our players and their character.”
— CSN Northwest (@CSNNW) December 29, 2016