HoopsHype George Karl rumors

February 19, 2014 Updates

Citing “whispers” and phone calls, including from San Antonio, about Duncan’s plans, Karl told ESPN on Tuesday he had heard of Duncan’s plan to exercise his player option to walk away from the final season of his three-year deal with the Spurs and retire after this season. “I’d like to know who he talked to,” Duncan said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do so I don’t know how he knows what I’m going to do.” Duncan said he has given no thought to his future plans. “I don’t worry about that stuff,” he said. “It will take care of itself.” San Antonio Express-News

February 18, 2014 Updates

In his ESPN spot yesterday, George Karl noted that this could be Tim Duncan’s final NBA season. “Over the weekend, that was the whispers that I got,” Karl said. “I got a couple phone calls — one from San Antonio that said Tim Duncan’s thinking like this is gonna be his last year. He’s the most fundamental big guy in the history of the NBA, and his leaving would make me very, very sad.” The Big Lead

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Karl also said the Spurs have been interested in Smith in the past. Smith was a free agent over the summer and signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Knicks. "I know San Antonio has always liked J.R. Smith and I know they've thought about bringing him in," Karl said. "San Antonio doesn't make a lot of mistakes." ESPN.com

The NBA fined Smith $50,000 on Wednesday for "recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct" following his shoelace stunts in the New York Knicks' recent games against Houston, Dallas and Detroit. "He's going to wake up some day and he's going to realize that he's thrown away some great opportunities and great years because of this mockery that he brings to the game," Karl said. ESPN.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

So much has changed in just over a year. George Karl, the coach who crafted Denver's go-go identity, was let go. "I was just shocked at that," Ty Lawson, the team's point guard, says about Karl's firing. He was napping when a friend texted him that Karl was out. "I was like, 'Why?'" added Lawson. "He had just won coach of the year!" Grantland

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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.”

 Sporting News

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

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