Georg Karl is one of the most respected NBA head coaches of his generation, but that didn’t stop him from criticizing anyone and everyone in his new book, including Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith. He also took shots at the NBA, claiming the league has a PED problem.
Why is Karl doing this?
“Well, the title of the book is ‘Furious George,’ so clearly he’s upset,” The Vertical’s Michael Lee said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Clearly he’s mad about something. Now he’s telling us why he’s mad. Just based on the title of the book, we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s taking shots at everybody. If he was Happy George, we would be seeing all sorts of glory stories. But he’s really upset about the way his time ended. He never came away with a championship, he had a lot of playoff failures and he’s had to take a lot of criticism for that, that he wasn’t able to get a team over the hump, and I think that he’s bitter. His coaching career is over, so he just wants to just blast everybody on the way out, which doesn’t seem like a good way to try and get in the Hall of Fame, but I think there’s a reason why he’s mad.”
Karl was a head coach in the NBA for 27 seasons. He spent time with the Cavs, Warriors, SuperSonics, Bucks, Nuggets and Kings. He led Seattle to the 1996 NBA Finals and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2013.
His last tenure, however, did not go well. The Kings fired Karl in April, and the 65-year-old will likely not get another head-coaching job in the league.
“He’s done,” Lee said. “I think after Sacramento and the way things kind of just soured in Denver, he was able to have a lot of success in the regular season (but) didn’t have any postseason success. I think that right now it’s weird because toward the end he should be a guy that you say, ‘Wow, look at the guy. Look at what he was able to accomplish.’ He won over 1,000 games, he beat cancer two or three times – he’s had a career that you can look back at and admire and say he did all right. But when you go around taking shots at your former players and other colleagues around the league, you come off as petty. I think that’s the way he had been. He didn’t always express that, but I know from my experience being around him, I always enjoyed talking to I’m because he always had a lot of insight, he had a lot of wisdom – still does. But when you come across this petty and you don’t feel like he has a lot of friends and allies, (it’s not good).”
Karl struggled to relate to the modern player later in his career, often clashing with Anthony, DeMarcus Cousins and others.
“(Gary Payton) told Carmelo and DeMarcus they would appreciate playing for him, even though they butted heads early in Payton’s career,” Lee said. “But I think as the generations started to shift and maybe his personality started to clash with the modern players, it just wasn’t working out. He had a lot of success. It’s just a shame that he’s throwing a match and some lighter fluid on his career.”