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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: George Karl in negotiations for Nuggets post

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posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 07:49 PM
George Karl and the Denver Nuggets are in negotiations to try to hammer out a coaching deal, but the former coach said it could take some time.

The sides have not yet reached an agreement, but the Nuggets are hoping to move quickly, sources told

Karl and Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe met Monday night in Chicago. Karl said he would prefer to keep his conversation with Vandeweghe private, but revealed that he has long considered coaching the Nuggets or Spurs.

"I want to echo what Kiki [Vandeweghe] said, that we had a good talk, and we're going to keep what was in the conversation privy," he told Wednesday.

"I will add that, because of my ABA roots, the Spurs and the Nuggets have been the teams I've dreamt about coaching probably more than any other teams in the league. ... So the Nuggets would be a great fit for me, and they're a team I'd like to coach."

A day earlier, Vandeweghe told The Associated Press that he and Karl mutually agreed to keep what was said between themselves.

Asked whether there was a timetable, Karl deferred to Vandeweghe but added, "The conversation was that it could happen in the next 10 days or not happen at all.

"The whole spectrum was discussed. They could keep [interim coach Michael] Cooper; they could wait till the summer; or they could change now. That's what they're figuring out."

The Nuggets, who lost 111-107 at Chicago on Tuesday, are 4-9 record since Cooper replaced Jeff Bzdelik, who was fired Dec. 28 after the Nuggets opened the season 13-15.

Karl, who last coached in the NBA in 2002-03 at Milwaukee, has personal and business ties with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and has said Denver is one of the top three places he'd like to coach.

Vandeweghe also has talked with at least two other candidates, and he confirmed that Cooper still has a chance at the job.

"You always want to do it as quickly as possible, not let things hang out there, but you don't always get exactly what you want," Vandeweghe said. "Sometimes these things have a life of their own and you have to let them run their course."

The Nuggets, according to sources, want a veteran coach to toughen up an underachieving (and injury-ravaged) team that sits at 17-24.

Karl, currently an analyst for ESPN, has coached four NBA teams (Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle and Milwaukee) and has a career record of 708-499.

If he doesn't get an offer now, Karl said, "I'll continue with what I'm doing [at ESPN]. I don't have a bad life -- I have a pretty good life."

Kroenke did not attend Monday's meeting, sources said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 12:22 PM
Karl's Nuggets beat Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- George Karl made a triumphant return to the NBA at the expense of his former team.

"I'm going to drink beer," Karl said after directing the Denver Nuggets to a 106-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. "Beer tastes like champagne after wins like tonight."

Out of the NBA since the Bucks fired him in 2003, Karl took over the Nuggets on Thursday. Denver fired Jeff Bzdelik on Dec. 28, and Michael Cooper coached the team on an interim basis before Karl's hiring.

Acknowledging that he was rusty, Karl gave most of the credit to his players for the victory and said he coached against his former team as if it was a playoff game.

"You always want to win against your former team," Denver's Marcus Camby said. "He didn't say publicly he wanted to beat the Bucks, but you could just tell he wanted this one real bad."

Karl said he forgot to practice new offensive plays against zone defenses at his team's practice Friday morning, but the Nuggets used their old plays to rip Milwaukee's zone in the final quarter, outscoring the Bucks 38-20.

"The fourth quarter was our downfall," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for Denver, which overcame a 14-point deficit to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Nuggets used a 26-4 run to take a 92-84 lead with 4:12 left.

Karl said he was frustrated by his team's defense at times as Milwaukee scored 31 points in the first quarter and 30 in the third.

"I hate 30-point quarters and I lost my temper both times," Karl said. "You've got to be really bad to give up 30 points."

In the final quarter, though, it was the Bucks who played poor defense, blowing a double-digit lead.

"You've got to have a killer instinct and we didn't have that," Porter said. "We haven't had that all year for the most part."

Milwaukee pulled to 103-100 on Maurice Williams' 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. Denver's Andre Miller then hit a free throw with 21 seconds to go, and Marcus Camby scored on a tipin after Miller missed his second free-throw attempt.

Earl Boykins scored 17 points, and Nene added 13 for the Nuggets. Both players had nine points in the final quarter.

"We got stops in the fourth quarter and we were able to score," Boykins said. "That was really the key."

Michael Redd scored 26 points for Milwaukee, and Dan Gadzuric tied a career high with 19 points.

Milwaukee missed 12 of its first 14 shots in the fourth quarter, allowing the Nuggets to get back into the game.


Is he gonna turn thier season around?

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