Arturas Karnisovas Rumors
Malone said he had input on the deal, acknowledging that he continues to work closely with Connelly, (assistant general manager) Arturas Karnisovas and (president) Josh Kroenke. “We’re a team. There’s no separation between church and state,” Malone said. “We’re together, we’re one, we communicate, and I think that’s so important. But at the end of the day, Tim’s job as GM is to make those decisions, obviously with the blessing of Josh Kroenke. They asked my opinion, I gave it, I tell him what I feel and believe in, and then whatever decision they make I roll with it.”
Fascinated by martial arts while growing up in the former Soviet Union, Arturas Karnisovas began specializing in Muay Thai and kickboxing when he retired from a distinguished international basketball career. Standing 6 feet, 9 inches with a 7-foot armspan, he would be an imposing figure in the Octagon. Nimble feet. Quick hands. A gymnast’s flexibility. Karnisovas has developed his skills for more than seven years while training out of the K Dojo Warrior Tribe in Fairfield, N.J. Though the combat techniques of Muay Thai are commonly used by professional mixed martial arts fighters, he has no intention of appearing on a UFC undercard. As assistant general manager of the Denver Nuggets, Karnisovas simply wants to keep himself fit while enjoying a discipline that was put on hold in his youth. “It came easy because I was a huge fan when I was a teenager,” he said. “It’s another way for me to keep in shape and keep my body in tact. I like the mental aspect, as well. I’m 42. I’m not looking to get in the ring. That’s not my objective.”
He said he is happy for Gersson Rosas, Sam Hinkie and Arturas Karnisovas, who have left or will leave the Rockets and their positions as Morey’s top personnel assistants for greater positions around the NBA. All had earned their new positions, Morey said. He just would not view their success as a measure of his. “I don’t feel we accomplished much, yet,” Morey said. “I’ll take more pride when we’ve actually had more results than before. “It’s a results league. It should be. Everyone, including ourselves, will be looking at what should be a step forward this year in hopefully a big way. … I’m trying to make sure we actually have some results before we get too excited.”
“The folks (to be promoted) have all been doing tremendous work. It’s all been behind the scenes because we had Sam, Gersson and Arturas. But they’re all very good. “Obviously, there are the usual feelings when key people leave. It definitely hurts where we are. They are very good people. It does cause issues. I’m happy for them. Gersson was here 10 years, Sam eight years, Arturas five years. They deserve the chance.”
Bringing aboard Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistants aren’t the only changes for the U.S. men’s national basketball team. New Denver Nuggets assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas replaces Tony Ronzone as the international player personnel scout, and Oklahoma City scout Scott Simpson joins the Los Angeles Clippers’ T.J. Zanin as advanced scout for the national team, which began preparations Monday in Las Vegas for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Miami Heat scout Pat Delany is no longer an advanced scout with USA Basketball.
The purge of Houston Rockets’ front-office executives continued with director of player personnel Arturas Karnisovas accepting the assistant general manager job with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Karnisovas, 42, will join new general manager Tim Connelly in the Nuggets’ front office.