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Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (62) / 5/12/1951
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185

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George Karl interviewed with the Grizzlies on Tuesday, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Dave Joerger, current Grizzlies' assistant, will interview on Wednesday with Alvin Gentry on Thursday. It doesn't look like the Grizzlies are currently close to making a hire, and although Joerger was previously a frontrunner, that may no longer be the case. Wed, Jun 19, 2013 09:18:00 AM

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George Karl has serious interest in coaching the Grizzlies and expressed that while interviewing with the team, according to beat writer Ronald Tillery.

The Grizzlies contacted Karl almost immediately after he parted ways with the Nuggets, but it remains to been seen if the mutual interest is enough to displace supposed frontrunner Dave Joerger. The Grizzlies also interviewed Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney, but he seems to be clearly behind Joerger and Karl in the race to replace Lionel Hollins.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 11:12:00 AM

The Grizzlies will interview George Karl on Monday, a source tells Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

The Grizzlies had almost definite interest in Karl once he and the Nuggets decided to part ways. USA Today's Sam Amick reported the two parties spoke almost immediately after Karl became a free agent, but Monday's meeting appears to be the first formal face-to-face interview. Amick reported Wednesday that assistant coach Dave Joerger remains the leading candidate for the job, but Karl still appears to be a contender. The Grizzlies have also been linked to Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney and Doc Rivers if he becomes available.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 05:26:00 PM

A source told Fox Sports that George Karl hasn't talked to anyone associated with the Clippers, Grizzlies or Nets yet.

The report also refers to the Nets as the "New Jersey Nets" rather than "Brooklyn Nets," so take this with a rather large grain of salt, and we already know Karl is not a candidate in Brooklyn. USA Today's Sam Amick reported the Grizzlies had spoken with Karl almost immediately after he was dismissed by the Nuggets, and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that Karl's rep had spoken with the Clippers. Despite the conflicting reports, Karl is a wanted man in coaching circles. For what it's worth, the report states Karl is a long shot for Memphis and most likely for the Clippers.
Source: Fox Sports
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 08:26:00 AM

The Clippers talked with a George Karl representative about their job opening for head coach.

The Clippers are going to be lining up coaching interviews for next week and Karl appears to be in the upper part of their list. Karl's Denver teams have always been busy at the free-throw line with his teams ranking in the top three for free throws per game in the five seasons prior to 2012-2013, but the Clippers failed to crack the top 16 for the past two seasons. More info should emerge on the level of interest between the two parties over the weekend.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 07:59:00 PM

George Karl and the Grizzlies have already had informal discussions about Memphis' head coach position, a source tells Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

The Nuggets announced Thursday morning that Karl would not return as coach after the team was not prepared to give Karl a contract extension. This season's Coach of the Year, Karl immediately was mentioned as a candidate for the Clippers and Grizzlies, who have still not decided what to do about current coach Lionel Hollins.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 02:24:00 PM

George Karl will not return to the Nuggets as head coach, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The team has since confirmed it. Wojnarowski reports that Karl was "pushing" for a contract extension, and ownership was not prepared to give him one. As a result, Karl will not be brought back for next season. The Nuggets will now go into the offseason having to replace ex-GM Masai Ujiri and Karl. For what it's worth, Karl was Coach of the Year this season. Wojnarowski also reports that the team will soon reach out for permission to interview Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw as well, while Karl is expected to get looks from the Clippers and Grizzlies. Grantland's Zach Lowe reports that Karl is not a candidate in Toronto.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:17:00 AM

The Clippers have not asked permission to speak with George Karl about their head coaching vacancy.

We'd be shocked if Karl wound up coaching the Clippers next season despite his status as Nuggets head coach being reportedly "unsettled." He's in the mix of names the Clippers are kicking around, but that's about it at this point.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 08:09:00 AM

George Karl has previously said that he wishes to end his coaching career in Denver with the Nuggets.

Karl's name is reportedly on the Clippers' list of head coaching candidates, but the team hasn't requested permission to interview him yet and it's not clear if they plan to do so. Previous reports indicated Denver was unlikely to let Karl coach elsewhere, but since that time, it's been reported by ESPN Los Angeles that Karl's role has become "unsettled" after Masai Ujiri left the team for Toronto.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 09:09:00 AM

George Karl's status with the Nuggets has been "unsettled" by the departure of GM Masai Ujiri, according to

The anonymous sources stress that Karl is "not in any imminent danger of losing his job," which is understandable since he's coming off a 57-win season that earned him Coach of the Year honors. The Clippers have had "initial conversations" with Denver about Karl's availability, but they haven't yet requested to interview him. A report a few days ago said that Karl was "eager" to extend his contract with the Nuggets, so we're not reading too much into these latest whispers.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 09:32:00 AM

The Denver Post mentioned current Nuggets execs Pete D'Alessandro, Mike Bratz and Cavs assistant GM David Griffin as possible replacements for Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri left Denver for Toronto and signed a five-year, $15 million deal to be the Raptors' new general manager. The Post mentioned D'Alessandro and Bratz as possible internal replacements, with D'Alessandro previously serving as Ujiri's right-hand man. Griffin also interviewed for the Nuggets GM job in 2010 before Ujiri was hired.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 10:09:00 AM

The Clippers have "discussed" George Karl as a "possible candidate" for their next head coach, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

A pairing sounds highly unlikely. Karl is currently under contract with the Nuggets and is "eager" to discuss an extension with the team, and there has been "very little sentiment" that the Nuggets ownership group would allow Karl to leave Denver for the Clippers. It's interesting fodder, but that's probably all it is.
Fri, May 31, 2013 08:04:00 AM

The Nuggets are "positive" that they'll be able to keep GM Masai Ujiri, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Toronto has been actively courting Ujiri to be their next GM and could be willing to offer an annual salary in excess of $2 million per year, but the Nuggets are confident they'll work something out to keep him in the fold. We're not as confident considering Ujiri's roots in Toronto, but this should be resolved soon with the Raptors finally re-arranging Bryan Colangelo's role.
Source: ESPN
Tue, May 21, 2013 11:02:00 AM

George Karl said the Nuggets showed a lack of maturity in their opening-round loss to the Warriors.

To be fair, Karl also pointed the finger at himself, saying maybe he was too arrogant entering the postseason. "We're the No. 1 scoring team in the NBA. We're the worst-shooting team in basketball. We're one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in basketball, Karl said. "We're a team with a philosophy of getting fouled that didn't always shoot free throws well. And you don't think we're creative enough to figure out what we need or how to add to this team?" Sounds like the Nuggets have quite the training camp in store for them next fall.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, May 9, 2013 04:38:00 PM

Masai Ujiri will be named Executive of the Year, the NBA has announced.

One day after George Karl was named Coach of the Year, Ujiri will get the award for Executive of the Year. It's a little curious given that most felt Daryl Morey had the award locked up after Houston's rise this season and his acquisition of James Harden, but instead it will go to Ujiri.
Thu, May 9, 2013 08:12:00 AM

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