Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  9 responses

George Karl a Big Fan of the Dallas Mavericks’ Style of Play

Karl got a kick out of Rick Carlisle’s coaching clinic during the Playoffs, and particularly the NBA Finals, but wonders if his own team can emulate the Mavericks’ pass-happy offense. The Denver Post reports: “Nuggets training camp won’t start until late September. And who knows if they’ll have one at all in 2011, thanks to the impending lockout? But whenever the Nuggets unite, Karl plans to teach them a lesson about the Mavericks, the team that beat The Big Three. ‘We know we’re a better defensive team than Dallas, but do we pass the ball as well as Dallas?’ Karl said Thursday after Denver worked out six draft prospects, notably Texas’ Jordan Hamilton and Michigan’s Darius Morris. ‘They’re just a team that finds the open man. Period. They’re going to find the open man. You had guys (on their roster) who five years ago weren’t into finding the open man. Dirk probably wasn’t. Jason Terry probably wasn’t. (DeShawn) Stevenson, Shawn Marion. But they had a plan. ‘The key to playoff basketball is the hustle, wild-card player — who the great player allows him to (ascend). Would Dirk have allowed those guys to take the spotlight five years ago?’ The Nuggets, of course, don’t have a Dirk (perhaps they have Dirk Light in Danilo Gallinari, who is just 22 and shows flashes that are Dirk-like). Karl knows that for his players to make a playoff push, they must trust each other.”

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  • george w buckets

    Good to see Karl came to his senses, he’s the same coach that said everyone wanted to play the mavericks before the playoffs started.

  • Josh

    High praise for Gallo.



  • Eddie1

    Karl always on some bullish like chicago. DEUCES.illuminaticominaftermymomsyonooooooooooo

  • rich

    i just realized jr smith is a free agent yall think he will be back in denver, or will he go somewhere else im thinking he goes to new jersey, chicago, cleveland or miami( all red unis) perhaps ny, nd go play in a place where he can play his style. either way karl will be happy to have that knucklehead stop shortening his live with his stupidityu

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    there isn’t a place where they play Jr Smith’s style..
    Not even NY

  • rich

    thats true, well nowhere on earth at least. 25 y/o now and hes less mature that demarcus cousins

  • Alf

    @ rich: Hope JR Smith doesn’t come back to Denver….he is the exact opposite of that question just poised in this article:

    “The key to playoff basketball is the hustle, wild-card player — who the great player allows him to (ascend)”

    JR in this mold, can be easily seen as the great player who thinks too big of himself and not allow an ascension.

  • Josh

    I am thinking Boston would love to have a guy like JR. Old team needs to get younger, need to find a spark off the bench. Plus his attitude seems to actually almost fit with guys like KG, Pierce, Rondo.