A memoir by former NBA head coach George Karl has managed to ruffle the feathers of a few stars players in the NBA.
According to the New York Post Karl upset and offended players Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin when he wrote about his experience with coaching them on the Denver Nuggets.
George claimed some players didn’t play well on the court because they lacked real father figures in their life:
NYPost reports that 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.
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.’’
“Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him,” Karl wrote. “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.”
JR Smith, and Kenyon Martin responded to Karl’s claims via Twitter:
Carmelo shaded Karl in a post-game interview.