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May 26, 2015 Updates

A few executives have dumped the term “stretch 4” altogether and replaced it with “playmaking 4” — a term I’m officially stealing right now. Shooting is nice, but it’s not enough anymore as defenses get smarter, faster, and more flexible working within the loosened rules. Spot-up guys have to be able to catch the ball, pump-fake a defender rushing out at them, drive into the lane, and make some sort of play. If they can’t manage that, a possession dies with them. “In a playoff series, you can figure out shooting,” Karl says. “You just cover Kyle Korver. All that cute stuff they ran for him all year long — they only get that once in a while now. The shooters who have playmaking ability — those are the guys that are really kicking ass.” Grantland

The game looks gorgeous, but there is a nostalgia tugging at a generation raised on the shoulder-shaking artistry of Kevin McHale, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Michael Jordan: Has the league inadvertently killed the back-to-the-basket game? “We are losing a part of our sport,” Jason Kidd says. “The game is getting out of balance,” says George Karl, now coaching perhaps the league’s preeminent post-up brute. “But until we figure out a way to make the post-up more efficient, we’re not going back. You just can’t win throwing the ball into the post 60 times per game.” Grantland

May 19, 2015 Updates
May 15, 2015 Updates

Mike Mazzeo: Sources: Assistant coach John Welch is officially gone from the #Nets, and presumably taking same position in Sacramento under George Karl. Welch was a key player development guy for Brooklyn. @Scott Howard-Cooper had earlier reported he was likely to leave to join Karl. Twitter @MazzESPN

May 10, 2015 Updates

“All of us have different skills,” Ranadive said, “and everyone has their roles. Vlade is a unifier, a conductor, and he is very smart. People probably don’t realize that when he was back in Serbia (as head of the Olympic committee), he was dealing with political leaders at the highest level. He can interact with the person who carries your bag and interact with the president of a country. And he has a strong stomach. He wears big-boy pants. George, he is a future Hall of Fame coach. I have always respected him as a coach, and now I am getting to know him as a human being. And, yes, I ask dumb questions, and I am still an irritant. But I am counting on Vlade to pull this all together.” One of the most interesting parts of the conversation, which Divac and D’Alessandro joined briefly, was Ranadive’s thought process behind the recent hirings. For someone who normally approaches problems in a methodical, analytical manner, his two most important and impressive changes seem more instinctive than calculating. Sacramento Bee

April 29, 2015 Updates
April 28, 2015 Updates

While Monty Williams is under scrutiny in New Orleans, at least he has a contract for next season. His assistants, including the highly regarded Bryan Gates, do not. Assistant coaches are often forgotten when teams contemplate head coaching changes, and they're especially at risk when -- like Denver's Melvin Hunt -- they are elevated to interim head coach when an in-season change is made. Depending on what the Nuggets do with their coaching search, Hunt could wind up back with George Karl as an assistant in Sacramento, league sources said. CBSSports.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

“And of course, you’ve got guys like (Steph) Curry who’s blowing up into a superstar and (Klay) Thompson has a huge year and Draymond Green, is looking like he may be the steal of the draft two years ago, and (Andrew) Bogut is a solid foundation defensively on any basketball court. “The two teams that I thought stood out, in my mind, were the Clippers and Cleveland, and Golden State, I think to me, is also a team that right now is substantially probably a little bit better than anybody else and if they can keep the orchestra playing with everybody involved, they’re my favorite right now.” CSNBayArea.com

April 14, 2015 Updates

When Karl took over, one of the major questions was how the sixth winningest coach in NBA history would mesh with first time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. “I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” Karl added. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way. “I know I respect him (DeMarcus Cousins) a tremendous amount . . . I think our give and take and our communication has been almost on a daily basis . . . until we can really get to a special place together, I think we’ve got to continue to communicate, what he wants and what I want.” CSNBayArea.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

Karl admits he still has fondness for Nuggets he coached such as Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried. When Karl reads the box scores, he sometimes looks at Denver’s first. “It’s still an emotional moment in my life,” Karl said. “I can’t deny that I miss Denver. I miss the team; I miss the city. It’s a place I love.” Sacramento Bee

Faried admitted it was “awkward” seeing Karl coach another team. “He was my first NBA head coach, and he taught me a lot,” Faried said. “We made it to the playoffs every time I was with him. It was bittersweet. I knew I had a job to do (Sunday), but it was also good to see my former coach.” Sacramento Bee

April 12, 2015 Updates

How have you had to adapt or evolve from when you first started coaching in this league to now with how the game has changed? George Karl: I think every year you have to be aware of where the game is going and how it’s changing. Come on. The game, when I got in it in the ’80s, the 3-point shot had no value. Teams were probably shooting the 3-ball less than 10 times a game. Maybe less than five times a game. And now the game is dominated by the 3-ball. And then the hand-checking that was taken off a couple of years ago, giving the freedom where from my early 80 years to probably the early 2000s you didn’t like little guards because you could hold them and grab them and post them up and abuse them and be physical with them. Now little guards are probably a necessity. Or if you’re lucky you have a fast, quick, strong little guard like Russell Westbrook. Oklahoman

George Karl: The game … is size as important as speed now? Is speed more important than size? Is the 3-ball more important than the 15-foot jump shot? I mean, analytics people have thrown some stats at us that you have to look at. You have to be aware of them. Sometimes I don’t think the game is as beautiful as ESPN makes it. I think the game, at times in my opinion, has plateaued a little bit. I don’t think anybody wants to say that because we live on ratings in the NBA. But I think there’s some really good basketball teams in the league, and when they play well it’s magnificent to watch them play. But I also think there’s some bad basketball going on every once in a while in the league, too. Oklahoman

March 27, 2015 Updates
March 26, 2015 Updates

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. “It just continues my amazement of him,” said Karl, the Sacramento Kings coach who played for Smith from 1970 to 1973 and is sixth all-time in wins (1,139-767). “The combination of his humility, and just to do the right things and treat people the right way. He was a big meal guy. He liked sharing ideas over a good dinner at a good restaurant, and fortunately I was blessed to have many of those opportunities with him. I’m tearing up a little bit, to be honest with you. That’s Coach Smith right there.” For The Win

March 24, 2015 Updates

“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi, a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.” Sacramento Bee

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