Down 3-1 to the Jazz in the first round, no doubt the Nuggets have missed Coach Karl’s leadership during this series. I had a chance to sit down and talk with George last season about his career, his relationships with his players and the biggest keys for his team to be successful in the playoffs. The Denver Nuggets need a win at home tonight in order to extend the series. Tune in for live coverage at 10:30 PM ET on TNT.
Coach to Coach
The Utah Jazz have had a great run so far in the playoffs and are only one win away from closing out the series after sweeping the Nuggets in three straight. In September Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan was inducted into the Basketball Hall for Fame along with Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and C. Vivian Stringer. Now in his 22nd season with Utah, Coach Sloan has accrued more than 1,000 victories during his illustrious career. Prior to his induction I had a chance to talk to the NBA TV crew about his coaching style and influences.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Rick Reilly’s piece “George vs. The Dragon” you should check it out.
Rick chronicles a day in the life of Nuggets coach George Karl, who is undergoing radiation treatment to combat throat and neck cancer. It is a raw and compelling account that gives us an understanding of what George is going through and an appreciation for his resilience and spirit.
No doubt George’s display of strength and courage is inspiring his players on the court even when he’s absent from the sidelines. While George is trying not to let his players see the pain and suffering he’s going through, it’s evident that their number one concern is for his health and recovery.
This Nuggets team would love nothing more than to win the NBA Championship for their longtime coach this season.
Here’s a link to the article on ESPN.com.
One of the great aspects of being involved in the basketball community are the relationships that you develop with your colleagues over the years. Richie Adubato and I first met when we were coaching at the high school level and have remained friends throughout our collegiate, NBA and now broadcast careers. Prior to the Bulls-Magic matchup in Orlando, I had a chance to talk with him about his long and illustrious coaching career.
I caught up with Lakers special assistant Chuck ‘the Rifleman’ Person before the Lakers-Heat game in Miami.