Nuggets endorse George Karl for Kings

George Karl wasn’t in Sleep Train Arena on Friday night. But his name sure was mentioned a lot by those in attendance at the Nuggets-Kings game.

The venerable former Nuggets coach had been named as a prime candidate to replace Michael Malone when he was fired by former Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Pete D’Alessandro in mid-December. The job went to Malone’s assistant, Ty Corbin.

But is Corbin just warming a seat on the bench for Karl? Karl, currently an analyst for ESPN, has stated many times since he was fired after the 2012-13 season that he would like to get back into coaching. D’Alessandro and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive have publicly stated they want the Kings (15-21) to play a more up-tempo, more exciting brand of basketball. But perhaps out of respect for Corbin, talk of hiring Karl has quieted. An impressive 104-83 victory Tuesday against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder will help do that.

“That passion for coaching is still there,” Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo said of Karl. “He’s had elite talent to work with before, and there are a few guys on the Kings who are like that.”

Ty Lawson said Karl would be a good fit for the Kings.

“They want to run an up-tempo pace, and George is the perfect coach for that,” Lawson said. “He knows how to manage people. (Sacramento) has a great team here, but I haven’t really given it much thought if Karl should come here. I’m just concentrating on getting the Nuggets back into the playoffs.”

“Boogie” is the man. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said before Friday’s game that DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins isn’t just the best center in the Western Conference but in the entire NBA.

Cousins entered Friday’s game averaging 23.5 points and 12.3 rebounds a game. In Friday’s Sacramento Bee, Cousins was quoted as saying he’s still fatigued and struggling to put weight back on after suffering through a sickness that hospitalized him for two days just after Thanksgiving.

“He is the best center in the league in terms of what he can do,” Shaw said. “We really have our work cut out.”

Written by Nick Endress

Nick Endress

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