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Report: George Karl has “significant interest” in coaching Brooklyn Nets if job opens up

Jun 30, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

Jason Kidd has screwed himself out of coaching a veteran laden roster in a major market where his past indiscretions were ignored and the owner cares not for Adam Silver’s puny salary cap. It was a good spot for him. Kidd landing spot  is to be coach (and eventually maybe more) of a young roster in Milwaukee that has some nice players but is about years of player development. And doing it all on a budget.

However, if Jason Kidd doesn’t want the Nets job George Karl would like it.

He’ll have to stand in line — Lionel Hollins and Mark Jackson are said to be in the mix — but Karl wants to throw his hat in the ring, according to Chris Haynes of

Kidd has not officially been let go. Yet. The Nets and Bucks are working on a compensation package but the Nets want a first rounder and the Bucks already have a coach so they are only offering a second rounder (or two).

However those negotiations shake out it is hard to imagine the Nets bring back Kidd next season. Normally we’d say its uncouth to talk about who is taking the Brooklyn coaching job where another coach is still in that seat, but since that’s exactly what Kidd did to Larry Drew nobody feels too bad.

Karl has 25 years head coaching experience, playing up tempo basketball and leading toe Sonics to the NBA Finals. He most recently was in Denver where his team won 57 games, he was named NBA coach of the Year — then he was promptly fired right after the season.

Whoever is the new coach in Brooklyn hopefully he can get Brook Lopez to blend in with the rest of the offense, because Kidd couldn’t.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I’d say Karl would be a great fit, could manage the minutes well. M-Jax too young and Lionel Hollins too grit and grind for an old roster. He (along with maybe Doug Collins) would be a better fit replacing the Magic coach

  2. louderthanwords1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    This makes it sound like the Nets job is cushy. It’s a veteran laden roster but it’s a very old veteran roster. At this point in their careers even if they both come back to the Nets you can’t expect anymore from Pierce or Garnett than they gave last yr. Johnson is on the backside of his career, Lopez has missed the majority of 2 of the last 3 seasons and Deron Williams is an old 30 and hasn’t been the same player since leaving Utah. At best the Nets ceiling looks like another 2nd rd exit.

    That’s not to say Kidd is stepping into a great spot in Milwaukee but they added Parker and with improvement from Antetokounmpo they should be able to improve on last years record. Kidd is also going to a job where he has a past relationship with the owner so that shouldn’t be discounted.

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Karl can definitely get along with the Nets squad but yeah, as louderthanwords1 said, 2nd rd exit is probably the best they can do. funny, at one point, this team was supposed to contend for the title (especially in a weak east).

  4. terremotinho - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    George Karl? Enjoy a sharp improvement (but no ring) followed by him losing his players and bottoming out. This is the guy who thought Ray Allen was the problem in Milwaukee years ago.

  5. denverhoopdreams - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    More first round exits coming for the Nets.

    I think Karl loses in the first round on person because he wants to go on vacation already.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Not talking the last season, I know they made it to the 2nd round, I’m just saying, queue the Game of Thrones memes… First Round Exits are coming.

    • aldavisfortytime - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Yeah because the Nuggs were so good without him, right?

  6. SBoy - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Karl would have “significant” interest in just about any head coaching opening… Dude has been around… That is not a knock on him…Guy is a coaching lifer.

  7. nard100 - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    He would be a good fit which is why he won’t be hired. Maybe Dirk N is ready to try coaching…

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