Posts Tagged ‘Coby Karl’

Morning shootaround — Feb. 13

VIDEO: Highlights of the games played Feb. 12


Anthony ‘likely’ to shut down season after All-Star Game | Rose shows All-Star form vs. Cavs | Report: Karl may hire Richmond, son Coby as assistants

No. 1: Anthony: ‘Very likely’ season ends after All-Star Game — In the New York Knicks’ loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night, Carmelo Anthony re-aggravated his troublesome knee injury. Well before that, though, there had been talk about whether or not Anthony would be shutting it down for the season soon. According to’s Ian Bagley, we may have the answer to that questions (and it looks like it’s a resounding ‘yes):

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said Thursday on ESPN Radio that it’s “very likely” he will shut it down after the All-Star Game.

Anthony maintained that he plans to play in Sunday’s game at Madison Square Garden, “even if it’s just a few minutes” — but likely will be done playing after that.

“It’s very likely. It’s very likely. Now I’ve got to start thinking about the future,” Anthony told Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo in an interview on ESPN Radio. “This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it.”

The Knicks’ leading scorer and franchise player has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months. Anthony aggravated the injury in Monday’s loss to the Miami Heat and sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Orlando Magic.

Despite the injury, he plans to appear in Sunday’s All-Star Game to honor the fans who voted him in as an Eastern Conference starter.

“Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave,” Anthony said. “I don’t think the fans deserve [seeing me miss the game]. They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game.”

The Knicks have been cautious with Anthony by reducing his minutes and requiring the 12-year veteran to sit out some games during loaded stretches in the schedule, such as skipping the second night of a back-to-back set of games.

But Anthony said earlier this week that playing through the knee soreness was only growing more frustrating.

“It’s little things that I’m doing out there on the court,” Anthony said. “I’m restricted, I’m not getting that power or that bounce, and then to do something like I did today, I think I’m getting closer to that point. I think due to the lack of movement, the lack of explosiveness I have right now — I’m just trying to compensate and try to figure it out as it goes along.”

VIDEO: Go behind the scenes with Carmelo Anthony on the All-Star media circuit

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Nuggets’ Karl Considering Reducing Schedule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Coach George Karl, while emphasizing his recovery from cancer continues to go well and that he still sees a long future with the Nuggets, raised the possibility Sunday that he will ask for a reduced work load during particularly crowded times in the schedule.

The seventh-winningest coach in league history told that the travel has become especially wearing and that he may speak with team officials about staying overnight in a city and flying to the next stop the following morning, rather than leaving with the team after the game and often arriving early in the morning.

Karl said he does not, however, envision missing games.

“I don’t think it’ll ever go that far,” he said. “I’ve thought about not traveling with the team on the late-night flights. I’ve thought about instead of getting to bed at 4 o’clock in the morning, I’ll let my coaches have the morning shootaround. I’ll sleep in in L.A. or I’ll sleep in in Sacramento, get up at 7:30 or 8 o’clock, catch a flight. I’ve thought about that. But my energy level is getting better and stronger every year. I’m feeling healthier. I’m trying to eat better. People ask me all the time how am I doing. I’m doing a hell of a lot better than I was doing before I got cancer.”

Karl, 62, missed part of 2009-10 after being diagnosed with cancer in the neck and throat. His return the next season was one of the inspirational stories of the league, and he used his high profile to encourage fundraising and checkups for early detection, all while becoming just the seventh coach to win 1,000 games and then, at the end  of 2011-12, coaching heavy underdogs to a Game 7 against the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.

This season has been a particular physical challenge because the Nuggets have played 18 of the first 25 games on the road, most recently the 122-97 rout of the Kings at Sleep Train Arena. It has taken a toll on Karl. That he did not ask for relief in the first quarter, the worst of the 2012-13 travel merry-go-round, indicates he may not do anything soon, but the chance it will happen in the future has become undeniable.

“The NBA is four to five games a week,” he told “I think I can handle that the way I’m doing it now, but I also don’t want to intensify my life any more. I would like to slowly cut whatever I’m cutting. Five or 10 percent of my intensity. I don’t want the organization to be unhappy with me. I think my organization’s happy with me, but I delegate a lot. I give it to my assistant coaches a lot more than I think most coaches do.”

Karl has other coaching decisions to make down the line. He still wants to work with on the bench with son Coby Karl, a late cut in camp by the Trail Blazers who now plays with the Idaho Stampede of the National Basketball Development League. Both have experience in Europe – George as a coach, Coby as a player – and the elder Karl has also thought about one day returning there to coach, an interesting notion considering NBA opportunities will never disappear if his time in Denver does end.

“The way I phrase that is,” George Karl said, “every year I think my window of thinking about retiring is bigger than it’s ever been. But it’s still not very big.”

So he still envisions himself with the Nuggets for several more seasons.

“This team here, I see me coaching for a while because I think it has a chance to be really good,” he said.