George Karl poked fun at Carmelo Anthony on Monday following Melo’s decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
In response to Anthony saying that the thought of winning a championship “keeps me up at night,” Karl tweeted the following:
In a followup tweet, Karl asked for some critics to “lighten up” after claiming he received death threats for his comments about Anthony.
When a Twitter user asked what he said, Karl replied, “That Melo was a ball hog and s–tty defender in Denver.”
“I think at least 100 people told me on here to die or rot in hell in the past 24 hours.”
Anthony played under Karl from 2005 to 2011. Despite reaching the playoffs each of those six years together, the Nuggets were knocked out in the first round every season except for 2009 when they went to the Western Conference Finals, when Anthony and Co. were eliminated by the Lakers in six games.
For the first seven seasons of Karl’s time in Denver, Anthony was the Nuggets’ star player, earning four All-Star nods and averaging 25.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during that stretch.