“Carmelo [Anthony] 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."
“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.”
And then...the dagger. “Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” Karl writes.
Marc Berman relays more:
Karl wrote Anthony “was such a talented kid’’ he could’ve “become the best defender at his position in the NBA.’’
Referring to one reason Anthony sought greener pastures, Karl said they had “a little conflict bubbling.”
“I want as much effort on defense — maybe more — as on offense,” Karl penned. “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.”
He also dredged up old stuff, referencing Anthony getting a DUI in 2008, getting “busted at the airport for having a bag of weed in his backpack’’ in 2004, getting “in a bar fight” and his “infamous brawl’’ versus the Knicks in 2006. Karl also alleges Anthony “refused to go back into the last minute or two in a game on the road against the Pistons’’ — an incident that went unreported.
Karl called Anthony’s trade to the Knicks “a sweet release for the coach and the team, like popping a blister."
“We won this trade, definitely,’’ Karl wrote, referring to the Nuggets swapping Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks for Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and draft picks.
Karl then moved on to J.R. Smith.
Regarding Smith, Karl said 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.’’
“When we traded J.R. in 2011, I was disappointed that I hadn’t helped a clearly talented player advance his game more."
After the Anthony trade in 2011, Karl took some shots at Anthony for his defensive indifference to which Anthony responded on Twitter: “When the grass is cut, the snakes will show."
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