Boston Celtics reporter sends strong message on George Karl-Carmelo Anthony melodrama: 'Sad and maddening'

Feb. 18, 2010; Cleveland, OH, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (15) talks with coach
Feb. 18, 2010; Cleveland, OH, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (15) talks with coach / Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NBA All-Star Game angered many over the weekend, but the drama between Carmelo Anthony and George Karl that has taken social media over by storm did something else: it made those observing it sad. Boston Celtics reporter Jay King of The Athletic summed up the state of affairs in a February 19 tweet.

"This George Karl stuff is so sad and maddening," King prefaced before saying, "Coaches should be about helping their players, past and present. Period. Help them win. Help them grow. Help them as people. Keep helping them. Shows why Karl has no respect from some former players even though he won lots of games."

Anthony and Karl have been going it at after the former dug up some dirt from their shared past with the Denver Nuggets on his podcast.

The back-and-forth between Carmelo Anthony and George Karl that led to Boston Celtics reporter's comments

Anthony brought this issue to the forefront during an appearance on his show, 7PM in Brooklyn, which he hosts with The Kid Mero.

“I really don’t know the game when he came to the team, I’m 21 now,” Anthony said (h/t Awful Announcing). “All I know is I got a big-name coach coming. George Karl, coached Milwaukee, coached Seattle … you know all of that. We get to Milwaukee after shootaround, [he] called me to his room and he tell me, ‘Hey man I think you [are] overrated.”

Anthony objected to being compared by Karl to Detlef Schrempf, and the coach referenced the former Seattle Supersonics and Indiana Pacers sharpshooter in a troll while trying to keep the peace.

"Hey (Carmelo Anthony), let’s not do this," Karl tweeted. "You’re telling stories that are 20 years old. Let’s move (forward). And u were overrated and u wish your game was as efficient as Detlef’s."

Needless to say, the lack of genuine remorse from all parties involved has led to a battle for interactions between two men who could show maturity and squash this, but seemingly refuse to for engagement's sake.

King is right. That is sad and maddening.