You can throw another head coach into the mix for the Detroit Pistons. Former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl made it known yesterday that the Pistons opening job is one of his top destinations as a free agent coach looking to land a gig this off-season.
The 2013 NBA coach of the year was on SiriusXM NBA Radio’s Off the Dribble with Jared Greenberg and Rick Fox earlier this afternoon. Karl was asked about the Golden State Warrior situation with Mark Jackson and if Lakers GM and former college roommate Mitch Kupchak had contacted him about the possible interview. Karl threw out the possibility of the Motor City without being asked about it.
I do want to get in the gym. But in the same sense, I have a lot of respect for the game and the difficult Job. Whatever Mitch is thinking or whatever Jimmy Buss is thinking or whatever Golden State is thinking or whatever Detroit is thinking. I don’t know whether jobs are open. Whatever Phil is thinking in New York. I let the process happen. I’d love to have the opportunity to talk to people when they think I’m a person that should be talked to.
Karl has shown success in developing young talent throughout the years. From Ty Lawson and Carmelo Anthony in Denver to Michael Redd, Ray Allen and Tim Thomas in Milwaukee and the great duo of Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton in Seattle.
Karl has been a master at rebuilding teams in his time as a head coach. He also has experience taking talented teams and pushing them over the top.
In Seattle, Karl went to the post-season seven straight years. He took a decent Milwaukee Bucks team to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001. His recent rebuild of the Nuggets placed them in the playoffs for nine straight seasons.
Of course a lot would hinge on Karl’s relationship with whoever is named Pistons GM. He has always been a coach that demands some power and influence on roster moves.
What do you think? Would Karl be a good fit for the Pistons?