FORMER NBA coach George Karl pulled no punches in blasting his former Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and other players as excerpts of his upcoming memoir Furious George, set for release this January, got out Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
In a report by New York Post's Marc Berman, George described Anthony as a 'user of people,' 'addicted to the spotlight' and 'uncommitted.'
The criticism stems from the six years Karl coached Anthony with the Nuggets from January 2005 to February 2011.
"Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him," wrote Karl, describing Anthony as 'the best offensive player I ever coached' but was perplexed with the now New York Knicks star's attitude on the other end of the court.
"He was also a user of people, addicted to the spotlight and very unhappy when he had to share it.” the coach added. "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."
After Anthony’s trade demand was granted and he was sent to the Knicks, Karl described Melo’s departure "a sweet release for the coach and the team, like popping a blister."
The former Nuggets coach also took shots at Anthony’s teammates J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, describing them as "the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis."
Karl also characterized Smith, who won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, as having "a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection."
Before his stint with Denver, Karl also helmed the Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, the Seattle Supersonics and the Miwaukee Bucks. He has a career record of 1,175-824.