According to Scott Schroeder, the man, the myth, the legend, and the force behind Ridiculous Upside, the Denver Nuggets will sign 2-guard Coby Karl for the remainder of the year. Karl averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in an abbreviated season with the Idaho Stampede.
The Nuggets are facing a lot of questions right now, and Karl is not the answer to any of them. Not this Karl, at least. What he is though, is a capable shooter and passer that can hold his own on the defensive end. He has decent skills even if he’s well short of dominant, and it’s unlikely that he’ll play many minutes for Denver as the Nuggs lean even more heavily on their already established backcourt.
Plus, Coby happens to be the son of coach-on-leave George Karl. At the risk of coming of as overly-sentimental, that’s pretty cool. Few things could help more in terms of acclimating George Karl back to NBA life than having family along for the ride. Throw in the fact that Coby, too, is a cancer survivor (he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006), and this story is legitimately Hallmark-worthy.
Another short stint with an NBA team isn’t a bad line to fill out Coby’s resume, but the reasoning here don’t seem to be related to his career advancement. Karl the younger will help fill out the practice squad and possibly help the Nuggets out in a jam, but he’s not going to receive the opportunities afforded to other former D-Leaguers like Reggie Williams or Alonzo Gee.
Still, Coby has a chance to be the frilly lace on the roster of a would-be contender, get some more NBA experience (Karl has played 24 games on tours with three different teams), and help out his pops. Rarely are D-League call-ups so diverse in their motivations or implications, but this move is pretty unique, even if Coby Karl’s talent isn’t.
As of tomorrow, training camps around the league open, and all the focus goes to the 2016-17 season.
For fun, let’s look back one more time at last season — the 50 top circus shots of last season.
Stephen Curry driving the lane and throwing up prayers once he draws contact (and hitting them), there is Russell Westbrook throwing the inbounds pass off an opponent’s back, and so much more. Enjoy. Then let’s get on with next season.
Kevin Garnett intimidates people. In the machismo-fueled world of professional sports nobody comfortably admits they were intimidated, but in the wake of Garnett announcing his retirement, a number of players stepped forward to say exactly that. And that KG trashed talked them fearlessly.
Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams found a way to avoid that — tell KG he didn’t speak English.
Adams was lucky, KG had a reputation for going harder at foreign-born players with his trash talk and intimidation. Then again Adams is not the kind of guy prone to be intimidated.
Athletes are injecting themselves into the needed national conversation about race, violence, and policing in this nation. That has taken some very public forms, including LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony speaking at the ESPYs, and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and leading others to do so. Some NBA players likely will follow Kaepernick’s lead.
Pistons coach/GM Stan Van Gundy likes seeing players speak out.
A couple of his Detroit players — Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris — said they backed the 49ers quarterback. Here is what the never shy Van Gundy said about all of it, via Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
“I’m encouraged by the fact of what some of those guys stood up and did at the ESPYs and had a conversation,” Van Gundy said. “I’m really proud of the fact that we have guys that not only see the problem, but want to try to do something about it…
“To me, in some ways, (police brutality is) just the most visible to focus on and it goes to deeper inequities in our criminal justice system, our education system so there’s so much to focus on,” Van Gundy said. “I think it’s great that we have players that want to be part of that conversation, and a lot of players that want to go beyond the conversation and be part of the solution.”
Van Gundy has been telling his players part of that solution is to vote.
The players union and NBA sent out a release saying they wanted to work together to create positive change, but details are still vague on what that might be. The only thing we know for sure as we head into the NBA season — with as divided a nation and election as anyone can remember as a backdrop — is that some NBA players are going to try and keep the conversation going.
It was the last game of the group stage of the 2000 Olympic basketball tournament at the Sydney Olympics, the USA was taking on France, another USA win on its way to another gold medal.
But what we all remember is this one play — Vince Carter dunking over the 7’2″ French center Frederic Weis.
Best. Dunk. Ever.
Weis was never the same.
In an impressive career — two-time All-NBA, eight-time All-Star, hours and hours of crazy highlights — this is always going to be the highlight at the top of the list. So we will use the anniversary of this dunk to look at it one more time.
Hat tip to nitramy at NBA Reddit.