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Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  52 reviews
The most outspoken and combative coach in NBA history—and one of the most successful, amassing more than 1,175 victories, the sixth best winning record ever—reflects on his life, his career, and his battles on and off the basketball court in this no-holds-barred memoir

A man of deep passion and intensity, George Karl earned his bad boy reputation while playing at the Univer
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Harper
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Benoit Lelièvre
This was as slanderous as advertised. George Karl just sh*ts on everyone he's ever coached on worked with except maybe for Rick Majerus for 256 pages. It gets particularly bad in the Denver Nuggets chapters where the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R Smith can't seem to do anything right. I mean, Jesus. Karl coached that team for eight years. SOMETHING must've went right somewhere along the way.

I don't know what I was expecting, but for a coach as universally reviled as Karl, FURIO
Arthur Camara
I give George Karl credit for his candor. He speaks his mind, tells how he thinks pro basketball should be played, and airs his feelings about the stars and GMs he's worked with, good, bad, and indifferent, with emphasis on the bad. I remember his comments about a then young Orlando Magic coach, Glen "Doc" Rivers a former NBA point guard, like Karl, who, unlike Karl, would go on to out coach and defeat Phil Jackson's Lakers in the NBA Finals and win a ring. I've been referring to the author for ...more
Kevin Comfort
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
Enjoyable...a little long winded in parts. George's voice really comes through and you get a sense of what George is like and what he expects. Keep chasing that championship George. Bring back the Sonics! Also loved reading about the past with the Sonics.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. A lot of it took place during my heyday of being a Phoenix Suns fan so I actually new what was going on.
Judd Vance
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never heard of George Karl until the 1991-92 season. I remember the Sonics hovering at .500 at mid-season wondering why such a team wasn't performing better. They had Benoit Benjamin, Michael Cage, Shawn Kemp, Derrick McKee, Gary Payton, Eddie Johnson, Rickey Pierce, and Nate McMillan. The Sonics fire K.C. Jones hire a coach named George Karl from the Spanish League. Karl takes them to 27-15 and that caught my eye. The Sonics start playing to their talent level. Although not my team, I really ...more
Chris Jennings
I was super excited for this book, but it let me down a little bit. George Karl comes off as an angry old man who has lost touch with the modern NBA. I suppose he's ok with that and it was really the point of the book, but it didn't make it enjoyable to read. Personally, I loved the talk of the old CBA's Albany Patroons (I grew up watching them as a kid). Karl does have some solid stories to share, I just wish he surrounded himself with better people to bring this book to life. Some of the best ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
quick read that doesn't do much to dispel his rep as an angry out-of-touch old guy who has trouble getting along with star players.

North Carolina and its alums, Coach Smith, pass-first point guards, people who play defense with great intensity, beer, and golf = good

AAU ball, gunners, Duke, various GM's who fired him even though it was their fault he has not won a title b/c they didn't give him the players he needed, unfair refs, Phil Jackson, Melo, AI, and [surprisingly, to me] Ray Allen = bad

Tom Shaffer
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Basketball fans
I am not a big fan of George Karl, but I am a big fan of this book. I've never really thought of him as a great coach, and nothing in this has changed my mind. I do like, however, how he appears to speak his mind without caring who's feelings it may hurt. One of the things I cannot stand about coaches on TV or writing books or really in any public forum, is that they're still dying to get back into an NBA coaching job, and therefor will not say anything to draw any sort of negative attention to ...more
Josh Url
It is always interesting to get a peek behind the curtain in this industry and this book does provide a perspective on several events that I had not heard before. It does come across a bit to me as Coach Karl's way to openly discuss how much some of his colleagues and players were wrong or bad. while there is some quality self reflection to be found in this book it is mostly found in the later parts centered around his cancer and how it shifted his perspective on his own health. there is very li ...more
Paul Miller
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You gotta give the NBA a lot of credit for building a vibrant, worldwide sports business built exclusively around the personalities and not the core product itself. Playoff basketball is great but the regular season is unwatchable and of no interest to anyone except the gamblers and the teams tanking to improve draft position. If like me you enjoy the personalities - immature, spoiled, lazy, but immensely athletically talented athletes - you'll enjoy this book. George Karl pulls no punches - for ...more
Paulo Glez Ogando
The book clearly pretends to be controversial, but he does it in order to be a bestseller, which it gets. In other words, yes but no. To me, this leaves a bittersweet taste. Karl says a few plain words about this and that (some players or GMs), but he is sometimes a bit like a snake in the grass.

Besides, there is a feeling that everything is a little fake, for so much sh** is too unnatural. It seems everybody is a jerk except him and his family (and Rick Majerus, though). He really seems an angr
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I was a little wary because of some bad press from a couple of former players, but I thought this was a fun and engaging read.
Also, right off, Karl acknowledges who he is, his style, and why that doesn't always mesh with his players. So when he critiques some of his players, it didn't seem personal.
His coaching career was a pretty fascinating journey, and he was willing to go back to the CBA, even after proving he could coach in the NBA.
Karl is not a perfect person, or a
Thomas Anstett
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From a basketball standpoint, the book is five-stars. This rating emerges from my own background as coach of hoop for 42 years (all high school): the stories, wit, and wisdom communicated throughout the book are pearls for any basketball coach. There is a sharp contrast between Karl's "old-school" approach and the approach in today's NBA-AAU dominated basketball atmosphere. Reading the book provides an understanding of the ways "winning" in today's world is directed by the almighty dollar, selfi ...more
Karl is very candid in this book about his coaching, his personal life and the abilities of his players, particularly Carmelo Anthony and Gary Payton. Based on the book, I don't sense that he is an easy coach to play for and I think he acknowledges that. He has gotten to the Conference finals but has not been in the NBA championship finals.

He is a gutty guy. He has survived various illnesses including cancer. He has bounced around coaching in developmental leagues and overseas.

Not the best bask
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I speculate that George Karl and ghostwriter Curt Sampson planned to write this book in two stages. First Stage: Karl and Sampson would make a detailed outline of Karl's career and opinions. Second Stage: Karl and Sampson would flesh out the outline with Karl's best anecdotes from 40 years in basketball. But then a strange thing appears to have happened. Upon completing the First Stage, Karl and Sampson realized that they had produced enough material to call the result a "book," and they decided ...more
Matt M
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating George Karl as a person and a coach may be much harder for me after reading this book. Which probably means it was an interesting read? Certain things got annoying, like how he would basically say he didn't want to make excuses and would then make excuses. Some of it was a little weird (his overeating and drinking are covered extensively) but overall I learned some entertaining insider stories about his teams and NBA life, which is all I'm really looking for
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fairly Entertaining While Reading But Quickly Forgettable Shortly After Finishing It!

Overall, I found Furious George to be, for the most part, a fun read, and I think you will too...provided you're the type of fan who would enjoy reading about a highly touted, highly successful NBA coach devoting much of his book to ranting and "going off" on the owners, GMs, and, of course, on several well-known, All-Star players he coached throughout his long career.

Karl does a decent job on keeping the book
The Sonics were the second winningest team of the 90s and Jordan was out of the league for two years and the Sonics couldn't get out of the Western Conference in those two years. The Sonics parts were the most difficult to read. The shocker: Vincent Askew made an all star team? He's pretty clearly not a kind guy. Always did like him, though. Great defenses. Oh addendum: it wasn't Vinnie Askew, it was Vinnie Baker. Classic reading comprehension error
Jacob Stevens
I thought that Karl’s memoir would include much more in terms of insights into the inner workings of the NBA or interesting stories regarding players. Instead, it seemed to just be a one-sided account of how everybody else was wrong and he was in the right. This was not a very enjoyable read.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know much about Coach Karl...but I have more respect for him as a coach. Enjoyable read.
Has some interesting insight into Karl's time coaching, but didn't really say anything that needed to be said.
Jeff Altman
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Don’t know what I was expecting, but the book was quite self-serving.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is good to read about a Tarheel point guard who made it big as a coach in the NBA.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. Much better than predicted, but maybe I’m biased as a Carolina grad and NBA fan. Not extremely well written (grammar, passive voice, etc.).
Roy D. Goldstein
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Basketball Story

A good book and good basketball are similar: Fast paced and interesting. This book starts off slowly but ultimately scores.
Richard O'Neill
Just like Coach Karls success in the playoffs, this book was a disappointment for me. Really nothing that scandalous and no real great insight into the game or the people he interacted with.
Jim Blessing
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
I know George Karl as a veteran NBA coach and thought his book may be interesting. It was OK.
kris robinson
It’s okay. There’s a little insight and a lot of self promotion. I was expecting better to be honest. It never really felt like it got to the good stories.
Not as controversial as it's made out to be. I enjoyed the Sonic's part
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had a conversation with an older relative where they DGAF and have lost all their filters or sense of propriety and bluntly say whatever is on their mind regardless of how it comes across or how inappropriate it is? That's this book in a nutshell. The gossipy, petty parts I enjoyed a lot because it lacked the politeness that makes most sports interviews and books boring. It's not that.

However, for something so honest, it's oddly superficial, both in basketball and personal informat
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