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    Karl considering reducing schedule

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Ė Coach George Karl, while emphasizing his recovery from cancer continues to go well and that he still sees a long future with the Nuggets, raised the possibility Sunday that he will ask for a reduced work load during particularly crowded times in the schedule.
    The seventh-winningest coach in league history told NBA.com that the travel has become especially wearing and that he may speak with team officials about staying overnight in a city and flying to the next stop the following morning, rather than leaving with the team after the game and often arriving early in the morning.
    Karl said he does not, however, envision missing games.
    ďI donít think itíll ever go that far,Ē he said. ďIíve thought about not traveling with the team on the late-night flights. Iíve thought about instead of getting to bed at 4 oíclock in the morning, Iíll let my coaches have the morning shootaround. Iíll sleep in in L.A. or Iíll sleep in in Sacramento, get up at 7:30 or 8 oíclock, catch a flight. Iíve thought about that. But my energy level is getting better and stronger every year. Iím feeling healthier. Iím trying to eat better. People ask me all the time how am I doing. Iím doing a hell of a lot better than I was doing before I got cancer.Ē
    Karl, 62, missed part of 2009-10 after being diagnosed with cancer in the neck and throat. His return the next season was one of the inspirational stories of the league, and he used his high profile to encourage fundraising and checkups for early detection, all while becoming just the seventh coach to win 1,000 games and then, at the end of 2011-12, coaching heavy underdogs to a Game 7 against the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
    This season has been a particular physical challenge because the Nuggets have played 18 of the first 25 games on the road, most recently the 122-97 rout of the Kings at Sleep Train Arena. It has taken a toll on Karl. That he did not ask for relief in the first quarter, the worst of the 2012-13 travel merry-go-round, indicates he may not do anything soon, but the chance it will happen in the future has become undeniable.
    ďThe NBA is four to five games a week,Ē he told NBA.com. ďI think I can handle that the way Iím doing it now, but I also donít want to intensify my life any more. I would like to slowly cut whatever Iím cutting. Five or 10 percent of my intensity. I donít want the organization to be unhappy with me. I think my organizationís happy with me, but I delegate a lot. I give it to my assistant coaches a lot more than I think most coaches do.Ē
    Karl has other coaching decisions to make down the line. He still wants to work with on the bench with son Coby Karl, a late cut in camp by the Trail Blazers who now plays with the Idaho Stampede of the National Basketball Development League. Both have experience in Europe Ė George as a coach, Coby as a player Ė and the elder Karl has also thought about one day returning there to coach, an interesting notion considering NBA opportunities will never disappear if his time in Denver does end.
    ďThe way I phrase that is,Ē George Karl said, ďevery year I think my window of thinking about retiring is bigger than itís ever been. But itís still not very big.Ē
    So he still envisions himself with the Nuggets for several more seasons.
    ďThis team here, I see me coaching for a while because I think it has a chance to be really good,Ē he said.
    http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/1...cing-schedule/

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    he still sees a long future with the Nuggets


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    Why dont the nuggets front office bring in SVG to be an "assistant coach" and a heir-apparent to the future head coaching job.

    Wondering why more NBA teams dont have a well credentialed assistant coach like the NFL where many times an offensive or defensive coordinator is a past head coach.

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    I believe one of the more interesting statements in this article was that how much power he gives his assistant coaches. So I suppose I should let up on bashing him with the lack of fire and overall coaching..

    I'll think about it...


    I have my doubts with him being able to last that long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jt1bui View Post
    he still sees a long future with the Nuggets

    Are you serious

    We better pray masai and the owner are not too attached to george
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    Please just reduce your schedule all the way to retirement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoFreshNsoClean View Post
    Are you serious

    We better pray masai and the owner are not too attached to george
    Yes, hopefully they have some other head coaches in mind. That one statement makes me shiver that we are going to be stuck with him.

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    DAMMIT!!!!! Denver can't bring in a big name assisant because there is no way they will be willing to sit next to Karl for 4+ years. Don't bring in an assistant at all because I dont want our next coach to have any similar traits to Karl.

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    Carl is the Nuggets Todd Helton.

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    So after a total upheaval of the front office, assistant coaching staff and team personnel, 2 bouts with cancer and a lackluster playoff record George Karl is still the Denver Nuggets head coach.

    Please consider my total lack of utter surprise.

    I unlike a few posters can go back to the halcyon days of the Dan Issel era and remember when Kiki Vandeweghe was trying to put Michael Cooper into the recently vacated head coaching position when Stan Kroenke came to him and said "do you really want to go in that direction". Enter the GK era.

    What few people don't seem to realize is that there was a power struggle for control of the team that pitted Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and parts of the front office against GK. Obviously GK won and he now probably has the option that most supreme court justices have, it's his job until he doesn't want it any longer.

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    Nuggets have had the most road games and toughest schedule so far.

    Everyone will love George again when you guys go on a big run when the home games come and the softer opponents show up.

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    ^^^^ no one questions George's regular season performance and if the league was just based on how teams perform in the regular season, he would be one of the best. that said his teams have a bad habbit of falling apart in the playoffs, his record in the postseason is horrendous and he is too stubborn to change it. nothing is scarier then the nuggets inbounding the ball with the game on the line and that is all GK, it's crazy how many games we lose because he doesn't know an inbounds play to save his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman View Post
    So after a total upheaval of the front office, assistant coaching staff and team personnel, 2 bouts with cancer and a lackluster playoff record George Karl is still the Denver Nuggets head coach.

    Please consider my total lack of utter surprise.

    I unlike a few posters can go back to the halcyon days of the Dan Issel era and remember when Kiki Vandeweghe was trying to put Michael Cooper into the recently vacated head coaching position when Stan Kroenke came to him and said "do you really want to go in that direction". Enter the GK era.

    What few people don't seem to realize is that there was a power struggle for control of the team that pitted Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and parts of the front office against GK. Obviously GK won and he now probably has the option that most supreme court justices have, it's his job until he doesn't want it any longer.
    Excellent post ... specifically the bolded part. It seems that has been the elephant in the room no one will talk about in the nuggets org. It also explains billups, anthonys, jrs, and kenyons mysterious hatred for the nuggets.

    The thing that sucks...had that core been kept together they would be contenders again this year easily. Only threat would be OKC really. Not like the mid 2000's with powerhouse lakers, spurs, mavs, and jazz.

    But hey at least we got gallo and mosgov right Karl? Right?
    Last edited by SoFreshNsoClean; 12-21-2012 at 01:49 AM.
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