George Karl continues to ruffle feathers of NBA players. The latest player criticized by Karl is one he never even coached.
While promoting his book, “Furious George,” the former NBA coach took an unsolicited shot at Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard in a lengthy QA with New York Magazine published Wednesday morning.
“I was watching the Portland Trail Blazers 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,” Karl said of the 13-20 Blazers, who played the Kings Wednesday night.
“Who controls the team? The coach and the point guard,” Karl added. “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?”
Stotts worked under Karl as an assistant with the SuperSonics and Bucks, but did not appreciate Karl criticizing a player who doesn’t know.
“I owe a lot to George. I got my start in coaching with George,” Stotts told reporters Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be here if not