HoopsHype Arturas Karnisovas rumors

August 27, 2013 Updates

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.” NBA.com

July 28, 2013 Updates
July 23, 2013 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

July 16, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have named Arturas Karnisovas as assistant general manager, general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today. NBA.com

July 13, 2013 Updates
June 7, 2012 Updates

NBADraft.net: Looking at the Eurocamp roster I was surprised to see such a great field of talent. How were you able to secure so many of the top International prospects? Arturas Karnisovas: I will give credit to our working group, relationships, camp's reputation and would like to extend a huge thank you to european teams, agents and coaches that responded and helped us to accomplish that. NBADraft.net

NBADraft.net: French SG Evan Fournier is headlining the camp and not going to the Chicago Draft combine. How were you able to persuade him to come to Treviso and not Chicago? Arturas Karnisovas: Again, this camp is a perfect set up for Euro players to bring out the very best they have to offer. Players believe and their representative believe that. NBADraft.net

NBADraft.net: I have heard grumbling from scouts in the past that it could be viewed as an unfair advantage for an NBA scout to coordinate it. Is there any concern about that for you? Arturas Karnisovas: I don't consider it a concern because it's being done openly. We're communicating with all the teams. We're communicating with the league. If anything I'm worried about possibly missing my duties as an international scout but we bring in other player personnel too to be very detailed. We try to build a camp based on all the needs of the teams, and also European teams. We're addressing all of the issues. It's a very unique camp, and it's an unbelievable experience to be a part of. NBADraft.net

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