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Report: Grizzlies spoke with George Karl

Jun 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver Reuters

As of last updated Lionel Hollins is still technically the coach of the Grizzlies, and George Karl indicated he wouldn’t speak with Memphis while it has a coach in place. Alas, maybe Karl did speak with the Grizzlies.

Sam Amick of USA TODAY:

According to two people with knowledge of the talks, the Memphis Grizzlies spoke with Karl almost immediately after he was let go about the possibility that he would replace Lionel Hollins and the Clippers plan to talk to him soon about their coaching vacancy. The Grizzlies were granted permission from the Nuggets on Thursday to have more formal talks with Karl, which was necessary because his severance agreement has not been finalized with Denver and he’s still under contract.

The Grizzlies played at the NBA’s slowest pace last season, and that worked for them. Karl’s Nuggets, as usual, played at one of the league’s fastest paces.

Karl is a good coach, and he could probably adjust, but how much sense does it make for the Grizzlies to pay for a high-profile coach if that coach can’t run the system that made him so successful? Depending on their other options, it could be worth the money, but that small factor could tip the scales away from Karl if another candidate is close.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I really think that the Clippers vacancy would be much more tantalising and a much better fit. With Paul running the point, Griffin running the floor and whoever they get for Bledsoe (good haul) doing their thing then if Karl can implement a sound defensive strategy surely this Clippers team is a contender

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      maybe the Clips don’t want him.

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    run & gun with ZBO…..goooood luck with that..

  3. patfic15 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    An all-star PG and a forward who can’t do anything but dunk. Seattle throwback! Go to the clips George!

  4. fnc111 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Brian Shaw to Clips

  5. ajonesmc931 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    LOL clips fans. Typical

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