Former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl has received death threats for criticizing Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony. Before joining the Lakers from Portland, Anthony had played for the Nuggets.
In his introductory press conference, Anthony said he wanted to win his first championship with the Lakers in his 19th year in the NBA.
“I think we all know that this is the one thing that I’m missing, right?” Anthony said Monday.
Later on the same day, Karl tweeted a response to Anthony’s remark, saying: “And it kept our coaching staff up at night a decade ago when we were stressing the importance of team play and defense!”
A Twitter user asked Karl what he meant by his tweet. He answered, “That Melo was a ball hog and s–tty defender in Denver.”
Anthony played under Karl in Denver from January 2005 until February 2011. He was sent to the New York Knicks while Karl remained with the Nuggets until 2013.
This was not Karl’s first time criticizing the player. Previously in 2017, he wrote in his memoir, “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.”
According to Karl, Anthony’s offensive capabilities alone were not enough to make him a winner as a good player should not have a “low demand” defense.
“I want as much effort on defense — maybe more — as on offense,” he wrote. “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.”