When last we saw George Karl it was the summer of 2013 and he had just been named NBA Coach of the Year for leading the Denver Nuggets to 57 wins playing an exciting brand of basketball.
So the Nuggets fired him. The GM had bolted for the north country and with a new GM coming in Karl had pushed for a contract extension (he was entering the last year of his deal). That push combined with a first-round playoff loss to Golden State (because Danilo Gallinari was injured) and philosophical differences about how much to use certain younger players (read: JaVale McGee) led the Nuggets to can him. After that the Nuggets brought in Brian Shaw and that has worked out… oh, no need to go there, that’s not the point of the story.
The point is Karl wants back in.
“I think I’ve got one more stint in me. I would like to try to get to the mountain top one more time. My lifetime goal was always to be a NBA champion and I’ve gotten close a couple of times but I’ve never gotten there. I would hope to give it one more whatever – 3, 4, 5 year stint with some team. And if I have the energy, which I think I do right now – I’m probably as energized and as healthy as I’ve been since about 15 years ago – I’m ready to go, just find me a team.”
The Lakers reportedly seriously considered hiring Karl before deciding to bring the history back with Byron Scott. Karl has been rumored in other spots, plus at one point he tried to inject himself into the Cleveland Cavaliers president search.
Karl isn’t always the easiest guy for management to work with, but what he does do is win. A lot. He’s been the head man on an NBA sideline for 25 seasons and has a .599 winning percentage. Plus his teams play an exciting brand of basketball. He’s been to an NBA Finals and made some deep playoff runs.
Which is to say, there are a few teams that should consider giving him a real shot. There are a lot of NBA teams he could help.
Here is the audio of Karl’s comments: