Former Coach George Karl Takes Shot At Carmelo Anthony For His Comments At Introductory Presser

When asked about his desire to win a championship this season with the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony said that it is "the one thing that keeps me up at night, that motivates me because I don't have it." While the 37-year-old's sentiment appeared innocuous, his former head coach in Denver, George Karl, had a more visceral reaction.

Karl condemned Anthony on Twitter, lamenting that "it kept our coaching staff up at night a decade ago when we were stressing the importance of team play and defense!"
The former Coach of Year's brazen vitriol of Anthony is nothing new. In fact, his comments are congruous with what he had to say about Anthony in his book, "Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection." While Karl did laud Anthony for being the greatest offensive player he had ever coached, he also asserts that "he was also a user of people, addicted to the spotlight and very unhappy when he had to share it."

Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him. 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 lamented in his book.

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.

I want as much effort on defense -- maybe more -- as on offense. 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.

Karl and Anthony were together for six years in Denver and made one Western Conference Finals appearance in 2009.  

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