HoopsHype George Karl rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

George Karl is another name to consider in this mix, as the longtime NBA coach and current ESPN analyst has the sort of credentials (1,131-756 all-time record) and reputation that may make Love feel more at ease about sticking around. USA Today Sports

March 11, 2014 Updates

Few know Carmelo Anthony as well as George Karl does. And Melo’s former coach wonders if Phil Jackson would keep Anthony if the Zen Master takes over the Knicks’ front office. ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd asked Karl if the Knicks keep Anthony while discussing Jackson potentially taking over the Knicks. “To me, when you ask me that question, I don’t think Melo is a Phil Jackson type of player,” Karl said on “The Herd.” “That would be my answer to that.” Karl, who coached Anthony from 2005-11, says Anthony is just one of many major decisions Jackson would have to make if he joins the Knicks. ESPN.com

March 10, 2014 Updates

Count George Karl among those who wonder how long Phil Jackson would last in New York, should he join the front office this week. In an interview Monday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Karl pointed out that Jackson will reportedly split time between New York, California and Montana in his potential new role as President of Basketball Operations. “I don’t think he wants to do it for five or six years, I think he wants to do it quick,” Karl said. The Knicks Blog

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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November 18, 2013 Updates

"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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