Carmelo Anthony Responds to George Karl’s Criticism in Coach’s Memoir

December 23rd, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony responded to criticism former coach George Karl lobbed Thursday, telling reporters Karl never made his thoughts public when the two were with the Denver Nuggets.

Anthony said the following:

When you're there, it's a different story than what you hear after the fact. I never knew I was a...what was the word...conundrum? I don't even know what the hell that means, to be honest with you. I never knew that. ... Ask the assistant coaches, players, front-office people (in Denver), they will sing a different tune when it comes to me and our mentality as a team.

According to an excerpt of Karl's upcoming book, Furious George, per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Karl described Anthony as a "conundrum" while bemoaning his lack of commitment on the defensive end:

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.

He really lit my fuse with his low demand of himself on defense. He ...

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