HoopsHype George Karl rumors

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"We had some crazy locker rooms, some crazy locker rooms," said former Nuggets coach George Karl, now an NBA analyst for ESPN. "There's a lot of daily managing egos and adjusting attitudes. There's an energy to a locker room. And you can feel when it's negative, you can feel when it's quiet, you can feel when the karma of the locker room is going the wrong way." Denver Post

November 10, 2013 Updates

“I think right now, the 13 changes have scared a lot of coaches,” said Karl, who is working as an ESPN analyst now. “When you have three coaches who won 57, 56 and 56 get dismissed, and move on, it’s just difficult to understand. You have nine new coaches who have never coached an NBA game, and I am not saying there are not nine assistant coaches who are qualified to be good head coaches, but I just think the whole puzzle right now is, it’s too much. It’s too much change, it’s too much drastic reaction to failure and I think the pendulum will swing back to more realistic opinion of it all.” Sporting News

The sense among coaches is that front offices are minimizing their importance, beginning to see them as interchangeable. When it has come time to reward coaches who have won, teams have shown reluctance, and, in two notable examples, chose to replace a successful coach with a younger, cheaper alternative. That happened in Denver, where reigning Coach of the Year George Karl was let go when he could not come to an agreement on a contract, replaced by Brian Shaw. It happened, too, in Memphis, where Dave Joerger took over for Lionel Hollins after Hollins led the team to the conference finals. Neither Shaw nor Joerger had previous head coaching experience. Sporting News

November 8, 2013 Updates

“I think right now, the 13 changes have scared a lot of coaches,” said Karl, who is working as an ESPN analyst now. “When you have three coaches who won 57, 56 and 56 get dismissed, and move on, it’s just difficult to understand. You have nine new coaches who have never coached an NBA game, and I am not saying there are not nine assistant coaches who are qualified to be good head coaches, but I just think the whole puzzle right now is, it’s too much. It’s too much change, it’s too much drastic reaction to failure and I think the pendulum will swing back to more realistic opinion of it all.”

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November 5, 2013 Updates

In light of the recent health issues of Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, Polian concluded, “This is a message. What has happened to two of the most popular guys in the NFL, Kubs and Fox, this is message that they (the league office) need to start thinking about how they can make life a little easier for football coaches because right now, it is a grind for ten months of the year.” Of note, Karl said, “It’s amazing how much is on your plate. There are different ways to feel stress. Winning and losing is the biggest thing. Getting fired is a big thing. Of course, you make a lot of money. Your responsibility for a lot of people, your family, coaches, equipment managers, when you go, they could go, so you always feel the excess pressure. I don’t feel anyone feels the media pressure. I think we have expectations that are higher than what other people make for you, but there is a tremendous stress and how you manage your life is something we don’t teach our society. It’s about working hard, being blue-collar guys, it’s about putting in 10-12-14 hours – that’s a good thing, but in the end, it can be a bad thing.” CoachingSearch.com

November 3, 2013 Updates

Q: Can Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio lead the Wolves to the playoffs? George Karl: They’re one of the more interesting teams this year. I love how Coach Adelman gets his team to play as a team. Their offensive efficiency will be good. I know that because that’s what he’s done everywhere he has been. The question to me is defense. Will the defense get to the point where they can win games? I don’t think they’re going to become the Chicago Bulls, but they have to have more of a defensive dimension and attitude so when they’re not making shots, they go out and get dirty and tough-minded and win a game by making stops … I think they can make the playoffs at 45, 50 wins. I think they’re talented enough to do that. But it is going to be an incredible fight for those last couple of spots in the Western Conference. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 23, 2013 Updates

Those days are gone. The combination of seeing a host of 50-plus-win coaches get the axe (Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, George Karl) and new faces taking charge of basketball operations for nearly one-third of the league has many executives less worried about the formula for success than the formula for survival. “The rhetoric from the owners about their expectations is at an all-time obscene level,” said one former executive who remains plugged in with his former colleagues. Bleacher Report

October 6, 2013 Updates

Thirteen teams made coaching changes in the offseason. Karl, along with Lionel Hollins, who guided the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals, are unemployed, a testament to the volatile nature of the relationship between coaches and the new generation of club management. “I was amazed at how quickly I accepted what happened,” Karl said, “because I had 8½ great years and last year was probably my most fun coaching any basketball team I’ve ever been associated with. “I don’t have a lot of bitterness other than I don’t understand. But not understanding — when you are working in a world of millions, millions, and millions of dollars, there’s a lot of things I don’t understand. “There’s a lot of contracts we give players that I don’t understand. There’s a lot of trades that I don’t understand. There are a lot of decisions I don’t understand. “I can’t deny there’s an anger and frustration. But there’s much more celebration in my heart than anything else.” Boston Globe

Karl reached the NBA Finals once in 25 years as a head coach but racked up 1,131 victories and helped resurrect franchises in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Denver.He is considered a brilliant offensive mind. “There are a lot of truths that change,” he said. “You win 57 games and win Coach of the Year, the truth was it probably did once create security, but the truth now is it doesn’t. “Lionel Hollins did a great job. The truth is when you do a great job, you should be able to be kept. In today’s world, it’s different. The truth to that is if you don’t adjust to that, you’re probably not going to survive.” Boston Globe

“What I think is good about the game of basketball is the real guys who know how to do it survive, and hopefully I’m one of those guys who continue to survive and get another opportunity. “If that doesn’t happen, I think I can be OK with it. I’ve had a great career and I think I’m healthy enough and energized enough to go another four or five years, and hopefully someone else out there will think the same thing.” Boston Globe

September 30, 2013 Updates

George Karl, who won the NBA Coach of the Year award last season but then lost his job in Denver, is joining ESPN as a studio analyst. Karl signed a multiyear deal but will clearly keep an eye out for a return to the sideline. He previously worked for ESPN as a studio analyst during the 2003-04 season. Associated Press

"I think they know and I know that in the right situation there's always the possibility of going back to coaching," Karl said. "I had a great time last year with Denver, but in the same sense I enjoyed my time there eight years ago, and it's always fun to put yourself in kind of an analyst-type situation. And hopefully I can maybe give some insights that coaches are really important in this game. I think coaches are probably the key to winning championships as much as anything else." Karl will debut Friday night on the 11 p.m. EDT "SportsCenter" and also appear on other NBA programming on the network. Associated Press

September 18, 2013 Updates

“Agents can build expectations so high they can’t be met.” That’s what attorney Bret Adams said in an interview 10 years ago for an article that highlighted how he lucked into his practice of representing coaches, media personalities and artists in contract negotiations. 10 years later and attorney Adams is suing one of his more prominent clients — longtime NBA coach George Karl. The Columbus Business First has reported that Adams (a Columbus attorney) filed a lawsuit against Karl on the grounds that Karl has improperly withheld fees due to Adams based on their contractual agreement. Sports Agent Blog

Sports Agent Blog has accessed the Complaint filed on September 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The Complaint, which is barely 4 pages in length, says that the contractual agreement between Karl and Adams stipulates that Karl is to pay Adams a stipend of $10,000 per month and required Karl to grant Adams “new business opportunities” through introductions and referrals to other coaches in need of representation. Sports Agent Blog

September 13, 2013 Updates

Former National Basketball Association coach George Karl is being sued by his long-time agent, Columbus attorney Bret Adams, in a payment dispute. Adams filed suit in U.S. District Court in Columbus on Wednesday, claiming Karl has refused to pay him since January, allegedly breaching a contract between the two. The suit says the contract calls for Adams to receive $10,000 a month from Karl. He is asking for compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, attorney fees and other costs. Business News

Adams has represented Karl for nearly 20 years, making national headlines in 2001 when he negotiated the highest-paid professional coaching contract in sports at $7 million a year. The suit says Adams has negotiated more than $50 million for Karl in personal service contracts with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets. Business News

September 8, 2013 Updates

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