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More strong quotes from ex-Nuggets coach George Karl
Here are More strong quotes from ex-Nuggets coach George Karl
* “Who is the ally of the coach? Who’s going to write, ‘Man, that was a well-coached game.’ Players win, coaches lose. But what gives a coach security? And my assistants have to have security. To have a great organization, you’ve got to have security and connection, enthusiasm and passion – and when you don’t have security and connection, you don’t have enthusiasm and passion. And we’ve hard a good harmony and karma, and to blow that away, it leaves you helpless, speechless, powerless, sad, a lot of words.”
* “Josh said he would respect (my assistant coaches’) contracts, and I admire that. There’s not one guy on my staff that I wouldn’t highly recommend to the next staff.”
Q: Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
A: “I think the winning of 57 games, I thought, kept everybody happy, but obviously there wasn’t happiness – which I wish I knew about. There’s all this spin and leaks that they were unhappy with me. I don’t remember having that meeting. …”
Q: How good can Ty Lawson be?
A: “All-star, top-five point guard, top-10 guard. … . I think the team can win 55 games next year – without Gallo. But a lot of guys have to take steps.”
(The following quotes were in Thursday’s online story, but didn’t make the paper)
* More on meeting with Kroenke: “I stopped myself – I could’ve rambled for two hours. I didn’t want that argument. Basically I’ve had two meetings with Josh Kroenke. We met on Sunday (before the firing), and it lasted about an hour and I thought it was a positive meeting, very constructive, a lot of thoughts. I think all of our young players are in a good place except for maybe Jordan Hamilton. He’s the only guy I can say, ‘OK, he might have should’ve been given more minutes.’ I agree with them 100 percent that losing in the playoffs was disappointing and I could’ve done a better job by Solid Savings” href=”http://blogs.denverpost.com/nuggets/2013/06/14/more-strong-quotes-from-ex-nuggets-coach-george-karl/9039/#”>. But Kenneth Faried (being hurt), he was never Faried the whole series. David Lee going down, a lot of things actually went in Golden State’s way.”
* On his relationship with the city and fans: “I think the most important thing, whenever it all settles, is many fun chapters of coaching, and the most fun was the last 15-20 months with a team that is very young but also capable of being very good. Ten days ago, we were fired up, excited about the summer.
“My 8 ½ years, by far this is the most soulful connection I’ve had the game of basketball, the city and the excitement of the city. A lot of it has to do what we’ve gone through. Initially you get Allen Iverson and that doesn’t work out, then you get Chauncey Billups and we’re near the top of the mountain. Then I get cancer. Then we come back. And so much of this stuff is all good – except we don’t in the playoffs. I’m not going to stand here and justify my record, I’m disappointed in my record.”
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