Arturas Karnisovas Rumors
Earlier, the Nets received permission from Denver to talk with Karnisovas. Both Rosas and Karnisovas are under contract. So, the Nets had to seek permission to interview them. Most assistant GMs have an “out” in their contract permitting them to leave before the expiration of their deals. It’s not known if either has been interviewed. Rosas, 37, and Karnisovas, 44, were identified by Adrian Wojnarowski last week as among four serious candidates for the GM job. Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry were identified as the others.
Sources say Calipari is fading despite in-house support from Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and ex-Hawks GM Danny Ferry is no longer a viable candidate despite support from the reassigned Billy King. Bryan Colangelo is still in the picture, as are Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.
Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Houston Rockets executive VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas have emerged as serious candidates in the process, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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.”