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Silver, in response at the press conference, said: “I have not read George Karl’s book, which has just come out, but I’ve read accounts of George Karl’s book, and I’ve read accounts of what he said about performance-enhancing drugs. I’ll just say our testing is state of the art. I have no reason to believe whatsoever that we have an issue, either as the result of testing or as the result of other information that comes to the league office. “I’d say that in most sports where there are issues, even when players do not test positive, usually there is some chatter that there is something going on. Other than what George Karl wrote in his book, there is no chatter whatsoever in the league. Obviously, many reporters are in this room who cover the NBA; presumably if they thought there was an issue, they would be writing about it.

“Having said that, we take allegations of performance-enhancing drugs or drug abuse of any kind incredibly seriously. I’m sure we will go through George Karl’s book, others, not me, in the league office, word by word, suggestion by suggestion, and ferret out whether there’s anything to it. “For us, it doesn’t matter what the source is. If somebody is — especially if it’s a Hall of Fame-caliber coach registering those sort of allegations against the league, we will take them seriously. But standing here today, I have absolutely no reason to believe there’s any truth to those allegations.”

Former Kings/Nuggets/Bucks/Sonics/Warriors/Cavaliers coach George Karl in “Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection:” “Don’t believe it when teams say they don’t lose on purpose to improve their draft position. It happens every year. I know of a Western Conference owner who called his coach during games to remind him to keep an end-of-season losing streak alive.” Bryan Colangelo admitted to tanking while Raptors general manager. The owner Karl mentions was clearly tanking.

But even Payton isn’t a fan of Karl’s new book, “Furious George,” in which the 65-year-old criticizes, well, pretty much everyone. Karl even took shots at former players Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin and suggested they were immature because they grew up without fathers. “When you go and start talking about people’s families and how they were raised, I don’t agree with George with that,” Payton said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I disagree with him on all of that. When you say somebody doesn’t have a father figure, it’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have a father figure, and I hate that. I grew up around a lot of my childhood friends that didn’t have a father figure and my father was their figure, so (George) can’t say that. If his father wasn’t there, then I think George should have came in and approached them and said ‘I see the problem. Let me help you.’ Don’t come out years later and try to downgrade them about anything. You wasn’t saying that when you were there.

Karl may wind up selling a lot of books, but it may cost him his reputation in NBA circles. “I think it’s all going to be negative for George right now,” Payton said. “George had already rubbed the wrong side with a lot of people, but they just didn’t know him, and now they know him. I think he’s just a guy who’s telling his story, and he told his story and he’s going to sell a book. He’s going to sell a lot of these books because a lot of people want to know more and more about what happened and where he was at. But a lot of these people in the NBA are going to take this very personal.”
6 years ago via ESPN

Appearing on ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Thursday, Karl was asked if he was surprised by the backlash to the book. “There’s no question,” he said. “Surprised? Yeah, I guess there’s no question we all want to be liked a little bit. The backlash was interesting. A couple of things I learned from. I think the big thing is a couple of things, I probably should’ve studied. I didn’t know. I probably should’ve studied what I was writing a little more than I did.”
6 years ago via ESPN

“I kind of had a tumultuous relationship with my son because I was a basketball coach and I was a part-time father. I’m sad that the part of it,” he said Thursday. “I said it poorly. I’m sorry that I said it poorly. And I’m sorry for the reaction because I know Kenyon. The one thing I know about Kenyon Martin is he’s a good father.” Karl he hasn’t really seen all the criticisms and hasn’t reached out to players he ripped in the book. But he also said that people shouldn’t take his comments as the final word.
6 years ago via ESPN

“It’s not necessarily the truth. It’s my opinion,” he said Thursday. “It’s my opinion and my experiences. It’s my opinion that comes with the frustrations of coaching. The title of the book is ‘Furious George,’ but it should be Frustrations of Coaching. The game of basketball … when you coach 100 games a year, if you win 60 percent of your games, you’re a good coach. That means 40 percent of the games you’re figuring out losing. … We think there’s a lot of joy. There’s not a lot of joy in coaching in the NBA. There’s a lot of pleasure, a lot of excitement and a lot of ups and downs. But there is a frustrating side of it.

George Karl: “I was watching the Portland Trailblazers play, and I was trying to figure out, ‘What the hell is wrong with this team?’ My conclusion is that Damian Lillard is getting too much attention….Who controls the team? The coach and the point guard. And that team is not working. I think their coach, Terry Stotts, is a great coach. So I’m going to say the problem is Lillard. They were a together, connected, committed team last year. This year they’re not. What changed?”

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, who coached under Karl in the past, responded to the comments on Wednesday night. It’s obvious that Stotts was very bothered by what Karl said about his star player. Stotts said: “As you know, I owe a lot to George. I got my start in coaching with George. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him. He’s a successful coach. That being said, if he wants to diminish his chances for the Hall of Fame, if he wants to undermine his chances at being a head coach again in this league, if he wants to settle old scores with GMs or players or whoever else, that’s his prerogative.”

Chris Haynes: Aaron Goodwin, Damian Lillard’s agent, responds to George Karl’s criticisms that Lillard is focusing on his brand, getting too much attention and thus the reason Blazers are struggling. “That’s silly. I have always loved and respected George, way back when he coached Gary Payton. But with that observation, he sounds like an idiot. He couldn’t get anyone in this league to agree with him on that assessment. If it’s either the coach or the point guard, the point guard runs the coaches plays I guess that explains him becoming a writer….”

George Karl: NBA has a PED issue

The rhetoric and policies suggest due diligence. A lack of suspensions says either the league is relatively clean – or that a problem is being swept under the rug. Former Kings/Nuggets/Bucks/Sonics/Warriors/Cavaliers coach George Karl says it’s the latter. Karl in “Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection:” We’ve got a more thorough drug-testing program than the NFL or MLB, which we always brag about. But we’ve still got a drug issue, though a different one than thirty years ago. And this one bothers me more than the dumbasses who got in trouble with recreational drugs. I’m talking about performance-enhancing drugs—like steroids, human growth hormone, and so on. It’s obvious some of our players are doping. How are some guys getting older—yet thinner and fitter? How are they recovering from injuries so fast? Why the hell are they going to Germany in the off-season? I doubt it’s for the sauerkraut.

Kenyon Martin: When I tell my kids about my childhood, I have to remind them, This ain’t a sob story. It’s true. So listen and you might learn something. There were a lot of kids like me. Still are. Some make it, some don’t. Not make it to the NBA, I’m talking like, make it out of the projects. I didn’t have a dad in my life. George Karl was kind enough to point that out. But what for? I don’t really know. Again, maybe when the full book comes out, we’ll find out whether he meant something different. George and I had our differences in Denver. We didn’t see eye-to-eye on anything, in basketball, life, anything. For the most part since then I’ve tried to avoid talking about it. I’ve tried to let it go. I think what happened Thursday just set off my survival instinct.

I got called hot-headed a lot. I honestly don’t understand that term. I know what it means, but I don’t understand the way people use it. Basketball is a game of emotion, and I always played with a lot of it. Maybe more than most other guys, I don’t know. I think I just wear my emotions on my sleeve. Asshole. I’ve been called an asshole dozens of times … maybe hundreds. And, you know what? I accept that. I can accept the asshole label. My whole career, I had the mindset that if you showed me that I could get into your head, why wouldn’t I keep doing it? I’d be a fool not to.

Martin claiming that he almost did what Latrell Sprewell did years before is a pretty incredible statement. Sprewell famously went after P.J. Carlesimo when both were with the Golden State Warriors during the 1997-1998 season. Sprewell choked Carlesimo and had to be pulled off the head coach by his teammates. The volatile guard had his contract with the Warriors voided as a result of the assault (though that was later overturned after arbitration). Martin was calm and collected while recalling the incident, so he has a clear head about what was clearly an emotional moment. But he also claimed that Karl wasn’t worth it and still wasn’t worth it.

Jason Terry on George Karl: “First off, from having a first-hand encounter with the great George Karl, when I was a sophomore at the university of Arizona, I used to work George Karl’s basketball camp in Seattle. I was at a banquet, George walked up, he approached me, shook my hand and then whispered over to me and said: ‘you’ll never make it to the NBA. You’re never serious. You’re a joke.’ That’s what he told me. Word for word. So I always kept that in the back of my mind, and every time I had to face a George Karl’s team or when I’ve seen him, I always had a little extra motivation. That’s just George. If you know George, you know, that’s his personality. It has always been like that and I can see why guys had a tough time playing with him or for him.”

“Carmelo 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.”
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