George Karl rips fame-hungry Carmelo Anthony in upcoming book

George Karl is highly critical of Carmelo in a new book, saying that when Denver Nuggets traded Anthony to the Knicks in 2011 it was like “popping a blister.”

“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.”

Karl’s memoir, “Furious George,” is set to be released in January. It includes several unflattering comments about Anthony as a player and a person.

“He really lit my fuse with his low demand of himself on defense,” Karl said. “He had no commitment to the hard, dirty work of stopping the other guy.

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“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.”

Karl added: “The volume of questions about Carmelo eventually wore me down. Sometimes I got so sick of talking about him that I’d just throw up my hands and say: ‘I don’t know what he is and I don’t care.’ “

Anthony was not available for comment early Thursday morning. The Knicks play the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. Earlier this month, Knicks president Phil Jackson angered Anthony by saying on a television show that Anthony stalls the offense by holding the ball.

Karl admitted that the reason Anthony forced his way out of Denver is because head coach and star player had “a little conflict bubbling.”

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“I want as much effort on defense — maybe more — as on offense,” Karl wrote. “That was never going to happen with Melo, whose amazing ability to score with the ball made him a star but didn’t make him a winner. Which I pointed out to him. Which he didn’t like.”

The Nuggets eventually traded Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks for Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and draft picks.

“We won this trade, definitely,” Karl wrote.

George Karl said the trio of (from l. to r.) Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith were like a bunch of 'spoiled brats.'

George Karl said the trio of (from l. to r.) Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith were like a bunch of ‘spoiled brats.’


Karl was also critical of two former Denver Nuggets, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, who eventually were teammates with Anthony in New York. Karl compared Smith, Martin and Anthony to “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.”

Karl even used the word “posse” to describe some of the issues with Smith. That’s the same word that Jackson used last month to describe LeBron James’ friends and business associates.

Karl said Smith had “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection.”

Karl also said 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.”

“When we traded J.R. in 2011, I was disappointed that I hadn’t helped a clearly talented player advance his game more.”

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