George Karl Claps Back at Mark Jackson After His Disparaging Comments on Carmelo Anthony

Peter Dewey
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Former NBA head coach George Karl took exception to comments made by ESPN analyst Mark Jackson during Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.

The back-and-forth stemmed from Jackson’s comments about Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony and his defense throughout his career.

Jackson praised Anthony for picking up LeBron James full court. He didn’t mention Karl specifically, but he did say that anyone who had coached Anthony in the past and didn’t get him to play defense owned a “shared responsibility” for allowing him to get away with that.

Karl, who coached Anthony on the Denver Nuggets, clearly took the comments to heart.

Jackson responded to Karl’s criticism of his coaching days. Jackson infamously coached the Golden State Warriors before they went to five consecutive NBA Finals.

Karl last coached for the Sacramento Kings during the 2015-16 season.

It’ll be interesting to see if the two former coaches will reach out to each other to resolve their spat.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.