George Karl Intrigued By the Lakers’ Coaching Vacancy

by May 09, 2014

Though he’s enjoying his work as a hoops analyst, George Karl very much wants to get back into the coaching game. Karl says he’d love to talk to the Los Angeles Lakers about taking over for Mike D’Antoni. Per ESPN:

“Mitch Kupchak [Lakers general manager] and I were roommates in college and Mitch has been a very good friend of mine for years,” Karl said on “Off The Dribble” on SiriusXM. “Have I talked to Mitch in the last couple of weeks? No, I haven’t.”

The Lakers have yet to reach out to Karl, a source said.

Fired after guiding the Denver Nuggets to 57 wins in 2012-13 while being named coach of the year, Karl said he likely would have a conversation with Kupchak about the job. He also thinks he’s a candidate for other teams with openings. New York, Golden State, Detroit and Utah are looking for coaches.

“I would love the opportunity to probably talk to people, when they think I’m a person they should be talking to,” said the 62-year-old Karl, who also has coached Milwaukee, Golden State, Cleveland and Seattle in his career.