George Karl's comments about Damian Lillard upset Blazers coach

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George Karl now has an opinion on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard
Thursday December 29th, 2016

Former NBA head coach George Karl continues to comment on NBA players, this time taking aim at Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

Karl has never coached Lillard, but that didn't stop him from speaking about him.

Karl's memoir, Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs and Poor Shot Selection, is set to hit bookshelves next month.

In an interview with New York Magazine, Karl was asked about his comments calling New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony a "user." Karl said this generation of players is more interested in personal branding and gaining money and power off the court.

When asked for an example, Karl brought up Lillard.

"I was watching the Portland Trail Blazers play, and I was trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with this team?" Karl asked. "My conclusion is that Damian Lillard is getting too much attention."

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, who spent a decade coaching under Karl, said that while he credits him with helping get his coaching job, Karl needs to tend to his own business. 

"I owe a lot to George. I got my start in coaching with George. I wouldn't be here if not for him," Stotts said. "But when it comes to my team and my players, he needs to stay in his own lane.

"He doesn't know Damian Lillard. He doesn't know how coachable he is. He doesn't know what a great teammate he is. He doesn't know how much Damian cares about winning and how important he is to this franchise. I thought his comments, however well intended they may have been—which I can't understand—I can't tolerate."

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