Carmelo Anthony's former coach George Karl called him "a true conundrum" and ripped his defensive effort on the court in a new book called "Furious George," according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.
Anthony played for Karl from January 2005 to February 2011, when he was traded to the Knicks (along with Chauncey Billups) in exchange for Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a package of draft picks, a trade Karl said "we won ... definitely."
Though Karl praised Anthony's talent and potential -- he said Anthony could have "become the best defender at his position in the NBA" -- he said Anthony's focus on just one side of the basketball prevented him from being a leader on the Nuggets.
"I want as much effort on defense -- maybe more -- as on offense," Karl 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.
"Carmelo was a true conundrum for me in the six years I had him," Karl added. "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. ... Coaching him meant working around his defense and compensating for his attitude."