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George Karl to interview with Memphis Grizzlies Monday

Jun 13, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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George Karl was unexpectedly let go after being named NBA Coach of the Year.

So how about taking over for a guy who was unexpectedly let go after getting his team to the Western Conference Finals?

George Karl is going to interview next week with the management of the Memphis Grizzlies, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Karl’s interview is scheduled to take place in Memphis. Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry is scheduled to interview Friday in Washington, D.C. Others expected to interview include Chicago Bulls assistant coach Ed Pickney and Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger.

If Hollins gets the Denver job and Karl the Memphis one, we have a coach swap!

On one hand, Karl is somewhat of a better fit than Hollins in that Karl is much more willing to listen to analytics and incorporate that into his game plan. That was a bone of contention between the old-school Hollins and the new-school ownership and management.

But is Karl really a fit. He has designed some pretty versatile offenses over the years, but he’s not really a grit-and-grind guy. The way Memphis got to the conference finals is not his preferred style.

Memphis is interviewing others, but the buzz around the league is this is going to be Joerger’s job. He was Hollins’ defensive coordinator and keeps the continuity they had but with a new face and attitude about analytics.

  1. logisticalvoices - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    The NBA Coach of the Year Award has become sportswriters equivalent of an owners “vote of confidence.” You don’t want to win this thing!

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I dont see this as a fit….Karl fits more to the Clippers personnel IMO…Shawn Kemp to Faried to slow ZBO? Maybe…

  3. jprcox - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Its still shocking to me that Karl was fired from Denver. I was just reading an article about him, and what a success story he was that year in putting together a little known team to make a great season.

    He is right – what is with otherwise successful coaches getting fired? Do owners really think its that easy to win a championship? Nuts.

  4. going4iton4th - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Karl’s a great HC but ZBo is as uptempo as Memphis barbecue in a fat lady. If there is one thing losing to the Spurs should have taught the Griz it’s that they need more shooters. It could be a 2 or 3–Comley’a got to keep developing his outside shot too. If Memphis wants to go uptempo then I think trading ZBo could be a possibility.

    • rainmax1985 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      I think the trade involving rudy gay was a bad move by the grizzlies. they should have traded randolph instead……

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