George Karl’s personal attacks on Carmelo Anthony a low blow

Just wait until Phil Jackson writes his book about his time with Carmelo Anthony. The Zen Master will make George Karl’s memoir read like Dr. Seuss.

It ain’t easy being Melo. One week it’s the Knicks president taking unprovoked shots on television, the next week your old coach eviscerates you in a tell-all book. Just in time for the holidays no less.

The New York media hasn’t been nearly as rough on Carmelo as his current and former bosses, that’s for sure.

We all know that Karl has strong opinions and is always ready to speak his mind. That’s why he’s always been a favorite among the media, both local and nationally. And his feelings about Carmelo are well known. He’s gone over this plenty of times before; Melo is a great offensive player but a poor defender and even a worse leader.

Yes, we’ve heard it all before.

But in Karl’s memoir, “Furious George,” the long-time NBA head coach takes more than a few personal shots at Anthony and several other former Nuggets player turned Knicks.

Carmelo, Karl wrote, is a “user of people, addicted to the spotlight and very unhappy when he had to share it.” And that when the Denver Nuggets finally agreed to trade Anthony to New York nearly six years ago, Karl described the feeling of relief being akin to “popping a blister.” That’s a lovely visual.

Carmelo Anthony continues to deal with unprovoked shots at him this year.

Carmelo Anthony continues to deal with unprovoked shots at him this year.

(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

But Karl didn’t just stop there. He wrote about J.R. Smith’s “posse.” (Uh-oh, there goes that word again.) And he reasoned that Carmelo and Kenyon Martin’s development to “act like a man” was stunted by not having a father.

That’s a low blow.

The passage drew an immediate response from Martin via Twitter: “The nerve of an AWFUL AND COWARD ASS COACH.”

Martin, who would later reunite with Anthony and Smith with the Knicks, then tweeted: “I didn’t have a father going up. What’s George Karl excuse for being a terrible person.”

There are certain buzz words, “posse” for example and writing about the AAU culture that are uncomfortable to read. It comes across as racial insensitive at worst. At best, Karl sounds vindictive and out of touch.

And considering the grief Jackson received for describing LeBron James’ friends and business partners as a “posse” last month, Karl should have called the publisher and had that sentence removed.

Kenyon Martin sounds off back at Karl on Twitter.

Kenyon Martin sounds off back at Karl on Twitter.

(Tony Dejak/AP)

Because really, what is to be gained here, besides an incredible amount of free publicity for a book that will be released in January? Karl has a terrific story to tell; He’s a cancer survivor, a former minor league coach who won a lot of games in the NBA and made a lot of money doing it.

News flash: some NBA superstars are high maintenance. That’s why head coaches are paid big bucks. Karl knew that going in.

The advance he received for the book can’t be worth burying a handful of players who helped Karl win a lot of those games, right?

Since his arrival in New York it’s clear that Carmelo isn’t a big fan of Karl’s. But given countless opportunities to publicly attack his former coach, Anthony has taken the high road.

George should have done the same. By going after Anthony, Karl looks petty.

And in the process Karl unwillingly hurts his son, Koby, a former NBA player who is working his way up the coaching ladder. Koby, in fact, was with the Knicks summer league coaching staff last July.

George Karl is burning bridges while potentially making it that much more difficult for his son to gain trust and credibility in NBA locker rooms. Karl made Melo look bad. But “Furious George” looks worse.

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