Tag:George Karl
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 8:17 pm

NBA Drive: Who's the best team in the league?

Who's the best team in the league? We answer that while Ken Berger discusses Georg Karl, Carmelo Anthony, and the situation in New Orleans in our weekly NBA Drive.
Posted by Matt Moore

So who's the best team in the league? We tried to break it down with Lauren Shehadi. Also, Ken Berger discusses the Hornets situation, George Karl, and the latest on Carmelo Anthony in our NBA video update.

"With a team like this, you have to look at how many leaders they have. They're stacked with guys who know how to win."

Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:45 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:24 pm

Kevin Garnett clarifies cancer comment to Karl

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett tried to make things right with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, after a controversy regarding a comment hekevin-garnett made earlier this season calling Charlie Villanueva a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver.

Back in early November, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett found himself in hot water after Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient."   Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, a cancer survivor, took issue with the comment, and while Garnett refused to apologize at the time, denying he called Villanueva a "cancer patient," he did try to make things right with Karl on Wednesday, when the Celtics hosted the Nuggets in Boston. Boston.com reports that Garnett sought out Karl after the game to clarify the situation.
"I went up to him as a man and what I said is that I had nothing personal toward him nor any other cancer patient that is out there struggling and dealing with life situations. I wanted to say that to him, man to man."
Karl called it a "classy gesture" on Garnett's behalf, and it's safe to say that this episode is now officially closed. I'm not sure that we can go so far as to call this a "happy ending," but at least it's over. By the way, the Celtics beat the Nuggets, 105-89, denying Karl his 1,000th victory as an NBA coach. He will get another shot on Friday night when the Nuggets travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors.
Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: November 19, 2010 8:58 am

Game Changer: 11.19.10: Streamers and snarls

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  


By Ben Golliver

It's not every night you see Denver Nuggets coach George Karl storming across the floor as streamers fall, but that's what happened in the Rose Garden on Thursday night after a non-call on a last gasp Arron Afflalo three-point attempt allowed Portland to sneak away with a 86-83 home win. Amid a chaotic scene of cheerleaders, streamers and celebrating players, Karl and guard Chauncey Billups pleaded Denver's case, that Portland guard Wesley Matthews fouled Afflalo on the release, but to no avail.

"Obviously everybody in the building thought it was a foul," Karl told reporters afterwards. "I thought the fans even thought it was a foul. The fans went 'huuuuuhh.' I didn't look at it so I don't know for sure, but it was a tough whistle to get, you don't usually get that on the road, but I thought that was a foul."

Karl said he would send tape of the play to the league office for review but seemed resigned to the loss. "If they just miss it, it's just part of basketball. 

Another part of basketball is injuries, and both Denver and Portland have dealt with their fair share this season. Both teams really only played eight players on Thursday night, although Denver's Melvin Ely saw the court for 30 seconds. Karl said he was impressed by the Blazers, who fought through a tough week with news that center Greg Oden is done for the season with microfracture knee surgery and played without all star guard Brandon Roy on Thursday night. "They're still a very good team," Karl told CBSSports.com. "Every team goes through injuries. [Portland Trail Blazers coach] Nate [McMillan] doesn't cry about it. They're a talented, playoff team with the injuries they have."

Karl's Nuggets held the short-handed Blazers in check defensively for most of the game, but 24 points and 10 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge helped put Portland over the top. "I thought we did a hell of a job on [Aldridge] except for one thing: offensive rebounding. He was Pau Gasol'ing us on the tips on the rim, tipping the balls in. He's going to make some shots, but if you take away his offensive rebounds I think probably we defended him as well as I expect us to defend him."



Wesley Matthews was a beast for Portland. He notched 20 points and 10 rebounds and essentially shot the Blazers back in the game in the first half.

Despite the Suns getting pummeled, Grant Hill still scored 21 points on 8-9 shooting. The old guy just keeps playing well. Send Brandon Roy and Greg Oden to Phoenix, k thanks.

Kind of a weak night for good box scores, so let's give Marcus Camby and his 14 boards a small shout-out.


It hasn't been a great trip to Florida for the Phoenix Suns. Wednesday, the Heat put a beating on them, basically sending them to a Orlando with their tails between their legs.

And then Thursday against the Magic, the Suns got more of the same.

They played without Steve Nash who sat out with a sore groin. That didn't matter too much as the Suns couldn't score, couldn't stop anybody and basically, couldn't play intelligent basketball.

Phoenix turned the ball over 18 times, went just 3-18 from 3 (remember when they hit 22?) and missed nine free throws. The final score was 105-89, but that only came from a 30-14 fourth quarter for the Suns where Orlando's starters didn't play a minute.

But enough about the Suns. The Magic looked pretty impressive. It was like they watched the Heat whoop Phoenix and said, "Oh yeah? Well watch us!" Dwight Howard was outstanding notching 20 points on 8-9 shooting and showcased a number of his increasingly polished post-game. Jameer Nelson had 12 assists and set up teammates wonderfully. And Orlando had all 11 guys that played score, with even distribution throughout.

It was a total dismantling and something the Magic needed after having a lackluster week. I guess if you need a pick-me-up in Florida, just invite the Suns over.

FACE, Roy Hibbert

Eric Gordon is becoming almost a nightly posterizer. His latest victim was the Indiana big man as Gordon went high and threw down hard.



Somehow, the Clippers are awful. They lost again, this time falling to Indiana 107-80 which drops them to 1-12. Before the season, this was really kind of unthinkable. In fact, after the Clips' first game, it was unthinkable. They lost the opener, but they looked good. They looked like a team that might be able to surprise some people.

But despite solid play from Blake Griffin, the team just stinks. There isn't a go-to scorer, they don't play defense and the young guys aren't performing all that well. They're extremely young which is a good excuse, but still, one and twelve?

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:10 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm

KG calls Charlie Villanueva "a nobody"

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett called Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva "a nobody" on Friday night. Posted by Ben Golliverkevin-garnett Welcome back to the latest installment of the Thirty Years War of Words.  That's right: another post about the back-and-forth squabbling between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett that began when Villanueva took to Twitter to accuse Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." To quickly recap the week's events.
  • Early Wednesday morning, Villanueva posted multiple messages on his Twitter account claiming that Garnett insulted him by calling him a "cancer patient" during a Pistons/Celtics game on Tuesday night.
  • On Wednesday, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, a cancer survivor, expressed disapproval for the alleged comments.
  • On Thursday, Celtics president Danny Ainge defended Garnett, saying he wouldn't make such an insensitive statement and calling Villanueva a self-promoter  
At that point, everyone was sticking to his story. Villanueva didn't budge and neither did Garnett. Everyone assumed it was time to move on.  That is, until Friday night, when ESPNBoston.com quoted Garnett on Twitter saying the following about Charlie Villanueva: "He's a nobody. I'm not paying attention to nobodies any more." Garnett hasn't said much that I've agreed with during this episode, but I think he finally stumbled onto an insult that's difficult to dispute. Villanueva, a massively-overpaid and overrated player on one of the league's worst teams, is, in fact, a nobody in the NBA. He wasn't worth Garnett's time during the initial confrontation and he certainly hasn't been worth all the hot air since. While Villanueva is a nobody in the NBA, he is still a person. As such, he deserved a modicum of decency given the sensitivity that goes with a rare skin condition that has led to verbal abuse throughout his life. So while it's unlikely Garnett will enroll in sensitivity training any time soon, his refusal to drop the situation reveals a basic discomfort with how it played out.  Perhaps then, in an ironic twist, Garnett now realizes that his trash talking of a "nobody" wasn't worth his own time in the first place. Hopefully this saga will help harness some of KG's vitriol in the future, serving as a lesson that over-the-top trash talk can come with a public price that's simply not worth paying. That would be a huge win for the rest of us.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stands up for forward Kevin Garnett, who had been the subject of criticism after Detroit Pistons forward Charliedanny-ainge Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver Just when you were starting to get completely sick of the feud between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, prompted by some Villanueva tweets that accused KG of calling him a "cancer patient," Celtics president Danny Ainge steps boldly into the fray to defend Garnett's honor.  In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI, Ainge reportedly called Villanueva's claims "ludicrous" and accused him of using Twitter to promote himself rather than spread an awareness message. ESPN Boston has a partial transcript of the interview.  
"There's one thing that I know for sure, and it's that KG would not offend cancer patients," Ainge said. "That makes no sense. It makes no sense on a lot of fronts. Not only is he experiencing it in his own family, but that's just not something I've ever heard -- in 30 years -- ever say, in trash talking. What is logical in a trash talking situation for a player to say to another player, 'You have cancer' or 'You are cancer'?"
"...Tweeting is about self-promotion in most cases," he said. "He's [Villanueva] not trying to be a public servant by telling everybody. As a matter of fact he's the one who brings light to this attention ... There's self-promotion in tweeting -- all the time. You are talking about a guy who tweets in the middle of a game. Talk about self-promotion.
The sentiment expressed in Villanueva's tweets immediately drew criticism from cancer surviving coach of the Denver Nuggets George Karl. In an official statement Wednesday, Garnett denied calling Villanueva a "cancer patient," stating that he instead said Villanueva was "cancerous to your team and our league," and he did not apologize for his actions. While Ainge's message might not have been necessary given that the public was just about getting ready to move on from the situation, it exemplifies effective management in a business that's subject to public scrutiny. Although he goes too far when he blames Villanueva, who is the victim here, Ainge's job, first and foremost, is to defend the reputation of his players and his organization. He succeeded at that task, without question. By standing up so forcefully for Garnett, Ainge sends a clear message to the entire organization and its fan base that he will defend his players, especially if they feel they have been wronged or if they are suffering intense criticism. By speaking so frankly, Ainge also invites criticism of himself, which neatly takes some Heat off of Garnett. It's a win-win. Now that we've heard from all of the involved parties, and all of their supporters and sympathizers, hopefully that is the last of it.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:25 pm

Kevin Garnett doesn't apologize for cancer talk

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett gives his side of the cancer trash-talk controversy with Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva in a team-kevin-garnettissued statement. Posted by Ben Golliver Another hour, another wrinkle to the ongoing cancer trash talk war of words between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva vs. Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Late last night, Villanueva took to Twitter to tell the world that Garnett had called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday's game between the Pistons and Celtics. Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, a skin disease that leaves the body hairless.  This morning, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, himself a recent cancer patient, weighed in, saying that Garnett's statement crossed the line, even in the heated world of the competitive NBA. This afternoon, we have word from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that Garnett is denying calling Villanueva a "cancer patient" in a statement released by the Celtics. The statement reads in part...
“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night," Garnett said in a statement from his representatives released by the Celtics. "My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact, ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”
So Garnett wants the world to understand that he insulted Villanueva not by calling him a victim of cancer, but by calling him cancer itself. "You're not stricken by a deadly disease, my enemy. You are the deadly disease!" If that's not trying to parse oneself out of a politically incorrect statement after the fact, I don't know what is.  Kudos where they are due for Garnett extending an olive branch to those struggling with cancer. Obviously missing from the statement, though, is any kind of an apology, either a direct one to Villanueva for his statements or an indirect one that acknowledges responsibility for what he admits was a "major miscommunication." If we read between the lines, Garnett is therefore letting us know that he feels he has nothing to be sorry about, and that feels like a conscious decision to undercut the merit of Villanueva's accusations and turn this into a "believe who you want, he said/he said" situation. We're now left with two versions of events: Villanueva's or Garnett's. Garnett either called Villanueva a "cancer patient" or he said "you are cancerous to your team and our league." Unfortunately for Garnett, his track record works against him here. We're supposed to believe a guy that made his teammate cry on the bench during a game sounds like a bigger dork than Evan Turner when engaged in double-technical trash talk? Hardly.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 2:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:25 pm

George Karl addresses Kevin Garnett's cancer talk

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, who has battled cancer, responds to alleged cancer-related trash talk by Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, togeorge-karl Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva. Posted by Ben Golliver Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl has been through a lot this year. Karl was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent grueling treatment for the disease that forced him from the bench during the stretch run and the playoffs.  The details of his treatment, as documented by ESPN's Rick Reilly, who shadowed Karl for a day, are incredibly difficult to read.
With only three of his torturous six weeks of treatment done, and the inside of his mouth looking like he just took 100 bites out of a lava-hot pizza slice, and his head throbbing and his eyes hollow, Karl looks like a guy who should be on a stretcher, not an NBA bench.
"George, this is only going to get harder," a nurse tells him. "You're not going to feel like working." Clearly, she's never met George Karl.
Suddenly, the huge gray machine whirs like a giant Transformer, turning sideways, first this side, then that, as though it's trying to decide how to eat him. Then it zaps his throat and neck lymph nodes, ravaging them. It gives him a radish-red rash that's covering his face, chest and back. I know. He shows me. He shows me many things I don't want to see. He's doing it because he wants people to know exactly what it's like. Wants to take the fear and mystery out of it for people.
While Karl had trouble speaking and watched his Nuggets bomb out in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz, he maintained his commitment to returning to the bench throughout the summer, and he made it back. His Nuggets currently sit at 2-1 and, while embroiled by Carmelo Anthony's ongoing drama, things could be a lot worse.
That brings us to Tuesday night, when Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva posted a number of messages on Twitter, stating that Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday night's game between the Pistons and the Celtics. Villanueva suffers from a condition called alopecia universalis, which has rendered him hairless. Alopecia is not cancer, so Villanueva's baldness is no more similar to someone who has undergone radiation treatments than it is to someone that simply has male pattern baldness. Clearly, Garnett's alleged statement was not only medically inaccurate, it was also way over the line of common decency, even by NBA trash talking standards. You probably wouldn't be surprised at the level of vitriol during heated exchanges on the hardwood -- it's astonishing how many claims are made regarding opponents interacting sexually with other people's mothers -- but there are limits. Racist comments, references to the Holocaust and cancer or other life-threatening disease talk are rightfully still off-limits, even given the competitive, charged atmosphere of an NBA game.  The NBA existence isn't like everyday "real life," but it's not completely divorced from reality either. And that goes for the pain of cancer, given that just about everyone has either dealt with the disease personally or through a family member or friend. In that vein, Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post sought Karl's response to Garnett's taunts today. Here's what Karl had to say. 
“My initial response is – it’s disappointing and crossing the line. I don’t know if cancer is an epidemic in our country, but we accept it as a problem and it’s a very dangerous part of life for everybody. Making fun of it, that’s part of (some people’s) sarcastic side of trash talk. … Sometimes, responsibility comes from knowing when to argue when not to – when to cross the line and when not to cross the line. So philosophically, if Kevin and I were close friends, I’d probably call him up and say, ‘I don’t think that’s right (what you said).’ But I also believe that competition makes us do things when we don’t have our total mental morality in line. We act like children at times, even coaches.”
While a generally accepted code of silence among NBA players (what happens on the court, stays on the court) was broken by Villanueva, his online outburst is understandable. As for Garnett?  There's no defending his alleged statements, not as an attempt to gain a competitive edge, not as "just part of the game."  On this one, Garnett is not pushing the envelope like he has many times during his career, he's way off the ethical cliff. And it shouldn't take a phone call from Karl to help him understand that.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:32 am

Karl wants a multi-year deal in Denver

Posted by Royce Young

Not everybody wants out of Denver. In fact, some people would like to sign extensions. Crazy, I know.

Nuggets head coach George Karl is in the final year of his contract where he'll receive $4.5 million. But instead of signing off after this season or looking elsewhere, Karl told FanHouse he'd like to stay in Denver.
"I'm going to live in Denver probably the rest of my life ... So I think that answer (about wanting to re-sign) is yes. But it's got to be a respectful offer.

"I'm getting old enough to where I can (get one more) good deal. If I can't get it (in Denver), it'll be interesting to see if I can get it in the free market."
Of course for Karl, the discussion isn't just about the Nuggets, but his health. Karl is just returning from a second battle with cancer and his health is his primary concern.

But as for where he fits in, the Nuggets may be prepared to completely wipe the house clean. If (when) they deal Carmelo Anthony and with Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin up for new contracts, the Nuggets are likely about to be in full rebuilding mode. The front office has turned over and management may feel new blood on the bench is needed.

One thing that's interesting though is that Karl is proclaiming his desire for an extension in Denver despite the uncertainty. Karl could be faced with a massive rebuilding project in the next few years but evidently, he welcomes it. However, he said if he doesn't get it in Denver, he'll look to the free market. So either way, Karl isn't done after this season.

Karl hasn't had negotiations with Denver as of yet, but surely discussions will begin soon. It's not hard to picture the Nuggets deciding to go another direction though. It would be for shame too, because there aren't many coaches of the caliber or character or George Karl out there. Carmelo may not be committed to the city or franchise, but Karl is.
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