George Karl is currently unemployed and the long-time NBA coach’s name hasn’t surfaced much in current coaching searches. But a report on Thursday claims Karl wants to coach again and he has set his sights on the Cleveland Cavaliers job.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio had the following to say about Karl:
One thing (I) keep hearing out of Chicago: George Karl really wants Cavs coaching job.
Obviously, Karl is interested in any opening, really wants to get back into it. But Cavs are where he started. He’s a big Kyrie fan.
Before you go making jokes like “who would voluntarily move to Cleveland,” I think Karl would be a great fit to replace the recently fired Mike Brown. Karl has 25 years of head coaching experience in the NBA, and has spent time as the head guy of the Cavs (his first NBA head coaching gig), Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets.
He was let go by the Nuggets following the 2012-13 season after nine years with the team. His firing was puzzling, since it came around the same time as he was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year.
For his career he carries a record of 1,131-756, good enough for a .599 winning percentage. He took the Sonics to the 1996 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls, and in his 25 seasons as a head coach, Karl’s teams have only missed the playoffs three times. That’s an incredible record.
The Cavs are currently considering a ton of options for their head coaching vacancy. Some of the most prominent names are Mark Jackson, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry, Nate McMillan, Vinny Del Negro, Mike D’Antoni and former Cleveland great Mark Price. Out of all of those names, Karl is by far the most accomplished coach. It’d be great to see him back on an NBA sideline again.