Tim Grgurich Rumors

“Those thoughts” about whether he could physically commit to, say, three full seasons “came to my mind.” He is already planning to “pull back” in 2015-16 and delegate more, once he has a chance to put a preferred staff together rather than cobbling on the run during a season. (Expect Karl to make a push for the highly respected Tim Grgurich, one of his long-time top lieutenants.)
Back on the Pepsi Center practice court on Thursday morning was a familiar face – that of former Nuggets assistant coach Tim Grgurich. And if he hadn’t been gone for so long, it really was as if he never left. He bounced around from player-to-player, chatting, rebounding for free throws, talking to coaches and sometimes just standing off to the side and observing. Nuggets coach George Karl has long tried to get Grgurich back into the organization after he left in 2010. And while this is very temporary – a few games – Karl couldn’t be happier to have the calming influence and basketball smarts of one of his best friends in the business. “He gives me eyes, the pulse of the team,” Karl said. “Someone to give me another opinion on where he thinks we need to go and what steps (to take). There’s still two or three small steps of progression this team needs to make and your time in practices gets shorter. So having him prioritize here in the next week or two is important.”
One of the clinchers that convinced highly sought assistant Tim Grgurich to join Dallas’ staff was an allowance from team management for Grgurich to pick and choose the games and practices he attends. The Mavs have also encouraged the popular skills coach known simply as “Gurg” — long regarded as one of the league’s best one-to-one teachers — to mix in some scouting assignments and even work occasionally with players from Dallas’ D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco as opposed to obliging him to sit behind the Mavs’ bench for every game.
Grgurich is currently helping out in training camp in Dallas. He says it’s just for a few weeks, although Mavericks officials are trying to convince him to stay long-term. “I would love to see (Anthony return to Denver),” Camby said. “Me playing (with the Nuggets) for six years, I know how much he means to the city. But he obviously has to do what’s best for himself.”
Jason Terry is learning what Shawn Marion and many other NBA players have known about the understated Tim Grgurich. So excited about his week working with “Gurg” after practices at Dallas Mavericks training camp, Terry wanted to share it with the world, via Twitter, of course. “Xtra shootn with gurgs great workout we gotta have him on staff his mojo is real.” Translation: Terry is sold on “Gurg.” The Mavs might be, too. Sources have told espndallas.com that they hope to bring Grgurich on as an assistant under coach Rick Carlisle. The confidant of George Karl in Seattle and Denver, Grgurich recently walked away from the Nuggets, torn over the direction and recent turbulence within the franchise. His decision was a sensitive one. Twelve of his 18 years in the NBA have been with Karl, who is returning to the bench after a difficult bout with throat cancer.
Anthony has refused to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets and has made it clear to team officials he’s not comfortable with the franchise’s stability. There’s unrest within the organization, where George Karl’s top assistant, Tim Grgurich, has left, league sources said. Grgurich has told friends he’s angry about the franchise’s refusal to retain former GM Mark Warkentien. Karl is now without his two most trusted confidants in the organization, Warkentien and Grgurich.
There are after-parties in Las Vegas. There are velvet ropes and VIP rooms galore. And then there are the places that are really hard to know about and nearly impossible to gain admittance to. Like Tim Grgurich’s summer basketball camp. It might be the only gym in America that has an impenetrable door with a little slot at eye level, through which eager customers must offer up the right password before that door will swing open. OK, not exactly. But it is a relative secret in a league with few. For most fans and even many alleged veteran observers, Grgurich’s camp — being held this week on the courts of a Vegas high school — is so below the radar that it requires sonar. Part Xs & Os, part “Skull & Bones.”
The Bucks have draft pick Larry Sanders, the 6-foot-11 forward from VCU and the No. 15 pick in June, at the camp. As a young player getting his feet wet at the pro level, Sanders is typical of the 50 or 60 players who attend — except that he’s not. The camp annually draws experienced players with one, two or more seasons behind them. Sometimes it’s a guy at the back end of his career, hoping to polish a skill and stay networked. “It’s really great to initiate a player into the league,” Hammond said. “For someone like Larry, it can give him a taste of individual work in the NBA. You think about the time frame for these guys: You draft him, he comes in, you have a mini-camp and the next thing you know, he’s playing summer league. So you’ve had very limited time to individually work with that player. “This is a great way for him to learn some of the techniques of individual workouts. And then ‘Gurg’ has his own philosophy and style, but it’s still ‘the NBA way’ of doing it. So I think every team in the league supports him, what he does and how he does it.”
“This is probably the best workout that I’m going to get this summer, as far as being around coaches and other talented players,” Pierce told the Globe then. “I always say I’ve got to be here. … I’m not overly fast, I’m not jumping higher than everybody out here, but they’re teaching the game, angles, and how to read different situations.” It also gives vets such as Pierce the chance to check out the competition, the youngsters who covet his job. And jobs are part of what attracts NBA assistant coaches, with fellows such as Mike Brown, Dwane Casey, John Kuester, Lionel Hollins and others boosting their profile while adding to their personal databases. Said Hammond: “For coaches, they’ll walk away with a couple nuggets. Things that Gurg is teaching that they can apply to their teams. Or maybe it’s an idea that comes from spending time together.”