HoopsHype George Karl rumors

January 21, 2015 Updates

Even Karl admits he's not sure how to read all the tea leaves when it comes to all those prior relationships and how they affect his chances at the Kings job, but he's still hopeful that Sacramento might be the next coaching stop. As for the Kings' plans, a person with knowledge of their situation told USA TODAY Sports that – barring an unexpected playoff push by Corbin — Karl is likely to be among the candidates who receive consideration this summer. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the coaching search process. USA Today Sports

"You know, there's too many guys in Sacramento who I know (to not have spoken about their situation)," said Karl, whose son, Coby, was represented by Cousins' primary agent, Dan Fegan, for years and who once had Cousins' day-to-day agent, Jarrin Akana, reassigned from Nuggets assistant coach to Nuggets scout when he took over for coach Jeff Bzdelik in 2005. "There's obviously been communication. But have they ever talked to me about being the head coach? We've talked around it, but we've probably never talked about that situation. Do I feel I'm on their list? Yes, but I think they made it very clear when they made the decision to give Corbin the opportunity to coach that that was what they were going to do." USA Today Sports

His history with Mullin is ancient, to be sure, but still part of this picture that even Karl isn't quite sure what to make of. And as Mullin's title (advisor to the chairman) clearly indicates, he is known to have serious sway with second-year Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive and D'Alessandro. Mullin, who some believe is interested in coaching the team next season, played under Karl early in his career for the Golden State Warriors when both men were going through a tough time in their respective lives. They got off to a good start, with Golden State making the playoffs for the first time in a decade in the 1986-87 campaign that Karl's first with the Warriors and Mullin's second in the NBA. But it all fell apart in the following season, as Mullin was out for a month as he went through an alcohol rehabilitation program and the then-35-year-old Karl resigned when a flurry of trades and Mullin's absence led to the Warriors losing 48 of 64 games. USA Today Sports

January 10, 2015 Updates

"That passion for coaching is still there," Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo said of Karl. "He's had elite talent to work with before, and there are a few guys on the Kings who are like that." Ty Lawson said Karl would be a good fit for the Kings. "They want to run an up-tempo pace, and George is the perfect coach for that," Lawson said. "He knows how to manage people. (Sacramento) has a great team here, but I haven't really given it much thought if Karl should come here. I'm just concentrating on getting the Nuggets back into the playoffs." Denver Post

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Now sources tell PBT that though the team is still very interested in hiring Karl, they are hesitant to pay an expected asking price in the range of $5 million per year or more. In the meantime they have allowed themselves to be connected to former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, staging a not-so-secret meeting at Sleep Train Arena following Thursday’s nationally televised game that Jackson called for ESPN. NBCSports.com

December 16, 2014 Updates

The Kings have yet to attempt to speak with Karl or his representatives on a formal or informal basis or to appear interested in any such conversation. USA Today Sports

George Karl discussed being a candidate for the Sacramento Kings coaching position on his Sirius XM NBA Radio show: “It’s always interesting for me when a job opens up and your name is in the mesh. First of all, I understand... I’m humbled. If they are interested in me, I would have interest in them. But there is a process to it. And part of the process right now is I don’t like really talking about it out of respect to Mike Malone. His legs have been cut out from under him and I’ve been that guy before. There should be a mourning period. Instead of stirring up all the gossip there should be a time to respect the coach. And then the process is, I’m sure they have questions that they want answers (to) and if I would have the opportunity to talk to them I would probably have questions would like them to answer. It’s something that, happening in the middle of the year makes it a little more difficult. Sacramento Bee

George Karl: "But there’s no question that I have a hunger to be back in the gym and I have a passion to coach the game of basketball again. I love the gym and I love the NBA and if this would fall into place I would, again, I would be humbled to talk to them and see where it goes.” Sacramento Bee

December 15, 2014 Updates

NBA coaching sources have identified ESPN analyst George Karl as a serious target of the Kings to replace Malone in the longterm, thanks in part to his association with Sacramento general manager Pete D'Alessandro from their days working together in Denver. Yet it remains to be seen how interested Karl is in Sacramento specifically as well as how long the Kings want to give Corbin as interim coach. NBA coaching sources say Karl, 63, is generally eager to return to the league and ‎has been searching for the right fit to launch his comeback after his ouster by the Denver Nuggets following a 57-win season in 2012-13 which earned him Coach of the Year honors. ESPN.com

Karl is D'Alessandro's old coach with the Nuggets, and the clear frontrunner to become the Kings next head coach. Karl has tried to get himself involved in almost every possible vacancy in the league – where there are openings, and where there were simply vulnerable coaches. Karl wants to break Don Nelson's record for career victories, and needs to be back on a bench soon to have a chance. Yahoo! Sports

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