Those who’ve kept their eyes on the recent Carmelo Anthony-Phil Jackson feud may feel as if it came out of nowhere, but apparently Melo’s coaches don’t look upon their time with the nine-time All Star very fondly. George Karl just released a book in which the former Denver Nuggets coach takes multiple shots at Melo.
“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” he writes in Furious George. “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.”
George Karl, currently 5th all-time wins and probable future Hall-of-Famer, also took issue with Carmelo Anthony lack of interest in the defensive end.
“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.”
Coach Karl also took shots at former Nuggets Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom followed Anthony to New York before being shipped off to Cleveland to collect rings with King Lebron. He called the three, Anthony, Martin and Smith, “AAU babies’’ who were like “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.’’
Karl suggests in his book that Anthony and Martin suffered from not having fathers in their lives, and that the absence became detrimental 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.
That sounds about right.
[Via New York Post]