Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 5:10 pm  |  6 responses

Memphis Grizzlies Reportedly Contacted George Karl About Coaching Position

After his surprising, contentious exit from the Denver Nuggets, it didn’t take long for rival NBA teams to reach out to George Karl. USA Today reports that the Memphis Grizzlies have already chatted with Karl about possibly taking over for Lionel Hollins: “According to a person 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. Hollins’ contract expires this month, and it appears likely he won’t return. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. The Grizzlies have told Hollins that he can speak with other teams and were honing in on Memphis assistant Dave Joerger as the top candidate to replace him, but their decision to wait before making that move was tied to the chance that Karl could become available. Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations Stu Lash was with Karl in Denver and holds him in the highest regard. [...] Thursday, Karl tweeted: ‘I want to thank Nuggets fans for their support over the past 8 yrs. The karma on the street was incredible. Denver will always be home … It’s a sad day for me, my staff and my family. Difficult decision to understand but memories with the Nuggets are the best I’ve ever had.’ The Clippers were already interested in Karl and are planning to pursue him now that he is available. Denver will focus on Hollins or Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw as possible replacements.”

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  • D dot Sanchez

    still surprised GK was let go..

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Why would the Grizzlies gamble on getting a coach to replace Hollins? His system seemed to have worked well enough to get them to the Western Conference Finals. Karl is great but I don’t know how the current roster would adjust to him.

  • Greg Tyner

    Hollins, you don’t go to the media when you don’t like what the new boss has done or said and start spouting off. You end up where you are now. IF the Grizzlies and Hollins stay together you will hear less of him, but I think he burned that bridge. Not sure Karl is a good fit for this team. I would go with the assistant coach DJ. He is after all on the same page with this team and is defensive coach.

  • Will Lee

    stupid for replace hollins with Karl. Hollins is a playoff coach. Karl is regular season. stupid

  • TV63

    It’s ridiculous both teams kicked both of these “Great” coaches to the curb. However, Karl would do well in Memphis.

  • TV63

    Yep Yep It’s all Hollins fault. He had everything to do with getting rid of Gay, Ellington and Speights. Yep Yep Golly It’s on Hollins.