George Karl

Report: George Karl has “significant interest” in coaching Brooklyn Nets if job opens up


Jason Kidd has screwed himself out of coaching a veteran laden roster in a major market where his past indiscretions were ignored and the owner cares not for Adam Silver’s puny salary cap. It was a good spot for him. Kidd landing spot  is to be coach (and eventually maybe more) of a young roster in Milwaukee that has some nice players but is about years of player development. And doing it all on a budget.

However, if Jason Kidd doesn’t want the Nets job George Karl would like it.

He’ll have to stand in line — Lionel Hollins and Mark Jackson are said to be in the mix — but Karl wants to throw his hat in the ring, according to Chris Haynes of

Kidd has not officially been let go. Yet. The Nets and Bucks are working on a compensation package but the Nets want a first rounder and the Bucks already have a coach so they are only offering a second rounder (or two).

However those negotiations shake out it is hard to imagine the Nets bring back Kidd next season. Normally we’d say its uncouth to talk about who is taking the Brooklyn coaching job where another coach is still in that seat, but since that’s exactly what Kidd did to Larry Drew nobody feels too bad.

Karl has 25 years head coaching experience, playing up tempo basketball and leading toe Sonics to the NBA Finals. He most recently was in Denver where his team won 57 games, he was named NBA coach of the Year — then he was promptly fired right after the season.

Whoever is the new coach in Brooklyn hopefully he can get Brook Lopez to blend in with the rest of the offense, because Kidd couldn’t.

Cavaliers stand in middle of Raptors dancers’ routine (video)

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The Cavaliers were ready for their game against the Raptors tonight, and Toronto’s dance team wasn’t going to change that.

The last time I remember something like this happening, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen walked through the Warriors’ kid dancers. This video doesn’t show got the Cavaliers got to that point, but they might have the defense of being there first. Allen definitely didn’t have that.

Wizards score 6 (!) fourth-quarter points in loss to Hornets

Cody Zeller, Ramon Sessions
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Gary Neal made a jumper with 10:12 remaining in tonight’s Wizards-Hornets game.

That was Washington’s last basket.

Jared Dudley made a pair of free throws on the Wizards next possession, and Neal added two more free throws with 23 seconds left.

And that was all the Wizards scoring in the quarter.

Washington, which entered the final period up seven, lost 101-87 after its 1-for-20 final-period shooting.

The six fourth-quarter points were the fewest by an NBA team in a quarter since Cavaliers scored six third-quarter points in a Jan. 26, 2014 loss to the Suns. Last time a team scored so few in a fourth quarter: Nov. 13, 2012, when the Raptors had five against the Pacers.

At least Neal’s late free throws spared the Wizards further shame. Nobody has scored four or fewer points in a quarter since the Warriors managed just two in a Feb. 8, 2004 loss to the Raptors.

As it stands, this is one of only 44 times in the shot clock era a team has scored so few points in a quarter.

76ers tie NBA-record losing streak, dropping heartbreaker to Celtics

Isaiah Thomas, T.J. McConnell

After a rare period of on-court competence, the 76ers led the Celtics by five with two minutes left tonight.

Then, Philadelphia snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

The 76ers yielded a 9-0 run to close an 84-80 setback.

They’re now 0-16. Combined with their 0-10 finish to last season, that’s a 26-game losing streak – tied for longest in NBA history. Last year’s 76ers already shared the record.

Philadelphia is also in danger of the worst start to a season. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets began 0-18, and last year’s 76ers won only one game sooner.

The 76ers will try to avoid the all-time longest streak at the Rockets on Friday. If that goes unsuccessfully, they’ll try to avoid matching the worst season start at the Grizzlies on Sunday. And if both fail, they could set the worst-start record against the Lakers on Tuesday.

76ers-Lakers – it’s shaping up to be a big one.

Timberwolves read mean tweets about themselves (video)

Flip Saunders, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones
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The Timberwolves didn’t select the meanest tweets about these players, but credit Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones, Shabazz Muhammad and Zach LaVine for being good sports.