George Karl Fires Double-Barrel At Mark Jackson After Relatively Mild Criticism

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So tonight one of the big conversations on social media involves George Karl taking an all-out shot at Mark Jackson, who is an analyst on tonight’s Blazers-Lakers game on ESPN. Here’s the video of what Jackson said on top, and Karl’s tweet on bottom:

This is either a case of Karl having gigantic rabbit ears or a game of telephone gone awry because Jackson didn’t even name Karl, and it wasn’t solely coach-blaming. Yes, Karl was Carmelo’s coach for all his years in Denver except his rookie season. However, this criticism also encompassed all of his coaches with the Knicks (Mike D’Antoni, Mike Woodson, Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Jeff Hornacek) plus Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City and a brief stint again with Mike D’Antoni in Houston.

Karl and Jackson have preexisting beef.

This league.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Carmelo is now playing defense because he wants to. Coaching has nothing to do with it.
    Coaches have no power with superstars — they can beg and plead, but they can’t hold the stars accountable. LeBron says all the right words but ignores coaches. It was blatantly obvious with Blatt and Liu. For now, Lebron and Davis are allowing Vogel to have the title — but he has no power. Doc Rivers gets the max out of his stars — not because of power but because he’s great at building relationships with them.

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