Recently, George Karl has been coming out with a lot of strong opinions, specifically dealing with some of his former players. His intentions for coming out with many negative remarks are unknown, and he is making many players and coaches around the league angry with his words.
Most recently, Karl came out blaming Damian Lillard for the Portland Trail Blazers not performing as well as they did last season.
“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?”
Karl’s remarks do not make any sense, and are completely inappropriate considering he never coached Lillard and never had a chance to work with him. Since being fired by the Sacramento Kings last season, Karl has been out of basketball, and has not been around the game enough to have the right to make comments like these.
Terry Stotts, head coach of the Trail Blazers, had strong comments for Karl as he backed up his star point guard.
“That being said, if he wants to diminish his chances for the Hall of Fame, if he wants to undermine his chances of 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. But when it comes to my team and my players, he needs to stay in his own lane.”
Standing up for Lillard with such a strong statement was the right thing for Stotts to do, even if it meant going after a man he used to work for. Coaches have to say things to their own players to get them motivated to play through a grueling season, but there is an unwritten rule of basketball for coaches to stay away from players on other teams. The job of a coach is to win games with their team, meaning they should stay away from anything dealing with other rosters.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2016
George Karl had so many highlights throughout his career as a coach, but none of them were good enough for something like this to be passed by. His words are unacceptable and he must issue an apology for stepping out of line.
— Brian Wheeler (@blazerwheels) December 29, 2016
Comments like these are uncommon, especially coming from coaches who are not yet retired. Karl may want to end his bid to try to become the coach of another NBA team, because this could very well end his chances of landing a job as a coach or even an analyst.