Classy Carmelo Anthony avoids conflict, George Karl petty shots at Kenyon Martin & J.R. Smith

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Carmelo Anthony George Karl, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith
Carmelo Anthony avoids conflict with George Karl, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith

Those who follow the NBA are aware of how highly opinionated coach George Karl can be. But it’s unbecoming of a man of his stature to hurl petty, low blow comments against people he’s worked with, like Carmelo Anthony, or any person for that matter.

As tasteless as his comments were in his memoir, it is equally unusual how classy Carmelo Anthony had responded to his scathing criticisms, if indeed what had been hurled at him were true.

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Carmelo Anthony is just one of those mentioned by George Karl in his latest book, “Furious George” along with J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.

George Karl took the time and effort to unload personal comments against Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, which could be a ploy to draw attention to his book and rake more sales.

Carmelo Anthony, vainglory

George Karl accused Melo of being a “user of people, addicted to the spotlight and very unhappy when he had to share it.”

When the Nuggets finally agreed to trade Anthony to the Knicks, following his request nearly six years ago, George Karl described the feeling of relief being akin to “popping a blister,” according to a report by NY DailyNews.

And as if the word “posse” had not drawn enough controversy, thanks to Phil Jackson’s description of James and the rest of the Cavs roster, George Karl sideswiped J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, and they weren’t as forgiving as Anthony.

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“He reasoned that Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin ’s development to ‘act like a man’ was stunted by not having a father,” the report says.

“All that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” George Karl added.

He fired shots at Anthony’s poor defense and lack of commitment. Of Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith he called them, “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis,” in a report by ESPN.

Classy Melo

Carmelo Anthony acted all classy in all the hullaballoo. He avoided overreacting to something that belongs to the past, and wished him well.

“I just hope that he finds happiness in what he’s doing. His book, hopefully, will bring him happiness,” Carmelo Anthony said. “It’s irrelevant to me. It’s irrelevant at this point. 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.”

Carmelo Anthony may have some lapses as an athlete, but it’s the head coach’s responsibility to guide those under him. This means telling them the things that need to be told at a proper time, hoping for a positive outcome. Otherwise, it wouldn’t matter anymore, and it’s out of anyone’s business.

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