It didn’t take long for Kenyon Martin to fire back at former Nuggets coach George Karl, who rips Martin, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith in his new memoir.

Martin always liked to talk during his playing days, so it’s no surprise to see him defend himself and former teammates with vigor.

Martin started his outburst by calling Karl an “awful and coward ass coach” in all caps and then trashed Karl for commenting that Martin and Anthony’s issues stemmed from growing up without a father.

Karl has 1,175 career victories, but Martin chalked the success up to talented players rather than good coaching. In 27 years as a head coach, Karl had only one conference title and no NBA titles.

Karl’s teams in Denver lost in the first round of the playoffs every year except for 2009, when the Nuggets fell to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

In his 15-year NBA career, Martin played for five different head coaches and called Karl “by far the worst.”

He also placed Melo’s defensive struggles in Denver on Karl’s coaching rather than Anthony’s work ethic. In the memoir, Karl said Anthony “really lit my fuse with his low demand of himself on defense.”

While Anthony said “no way” when asked by the New York Daily News to respond to Karl’s comments, Smith appeared to subtweet Karl earlier today, commenting: “Still trying to be relevant. Sad just sad.”

Karl was fired by the Kings in April after a 33-49 season.

About Jesse Kramer

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