Carmelo Anthony & Kenyon Martin Offended After Ex-Coach Says Having No Father Figure Hurt Their Careers

Former NBA coach George Karl upset the entire league with his new autobiography ‘Furious George’ but he specifically got under the skin of 3 former players Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith. Karl stated that Anthony and Martin not having fathers in their lives became a detriment to their personalities! They did not like that at all! Check out the story below and let us know what you think….

“Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” Karl wrote.

Kenyon Martin and George Karl

He saved most of his criticism for Carmelo Anthony:

“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.

George Karl and Carmelo Anthony

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.”

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.’’

Karl wrote Smith carried “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection. – via nypost

They all have since responded and none of them were happy about his comments….

Carmelo Anthony to ESPN:

“I just hope that he finds happiness in what he’s doing. His book, hopefully, will bring him happiness,” Anthony said Thursday night, adding that he isn’t disappointed by Karl’s remarks. ”

I’m past being disappointed,” he said.

“It’s irrelevant to me. It’s irrelevant at this point,” Anthony said. “The truth of the matter is everybody else is kind of speaking up for me from their own experience. So I really don’t have to speak on it.”



While there is definitely truth to his statement about how the lack of a father figure can affect young, black males, his delivery and intentions of writing those statements in his memoir are highly suspect. What do YOU think about what Karl said?

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