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Lakers News: George Karl ‘Expects’ To Hear From The Lakers

After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation from the Lakers, rumors have continued to surface about the team’s vacant head coaching position.

While some coaches like Kentucky’s John Calipari have made it known that he doesn’t plan on leaving his team, one former coach expects to hear from the Lakers.

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According to Sam Amico from Fox Sports Ohio, NBA veteran coach George Karl has yet to hear from the Lakers, but expects to eventually:

Heading into the off-season, Karl is one of the most successful coaches in the league. Winning the coach of the year in 2013, George Karl has an impressive overall coaching record in the regular season career with 1,131 wins.

The Lakers still plan to be extremely thorough in their search for the new head coach. They will reportedly wait to see what coaches are available at the end of the season.

While the vacant head coaching position will continue to be a hot topic, the team is focused on the draft and free agency as the lottery is quickly approaching.
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  • daniel

    Am I wrong or Karl said many times that he hated the lakers, when he was the coach of the Nuggets?

    • Andy L

      You’re right.

    • TheTruthKills

      Well we did put them out of the playoffs on three separate occasions.

    • karasoon4

      Are you supposed to publicly state that you like the enemy?

      • Levels

        Not when you also make disparaging remarks about Kobe when the “issues” in Denver with Kobe happened..

        • karasoon4

          Yup. While Kupchak might extend the courtesy of an interview to Karl due to their past friendship, there is no way he is getting the job as long as Kobe is part of this team. NEXT!

    • No2Karl

      Former roommates with Kupchak but who cares. Thanks, but no thanks.

    • ra

      And, he can ‘expect’ that when the Lakers contact him, they will say ‘sorry George, we’re not interested in having you coach the Lakers’.

      Or, he can ‘expect’ that the Lakers will continue to ‘not contact’ him, and just wait till the right coach comes along.

  • Byronscott

    We want Byron Scott <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    • Sylvia Ross


      • Francisco Perez

        I like Byron Scott but our odds are better with coach Karl, he holds the 6th time winning coach all time.

        • karasoon4

          No, I would take a long time Laker, 3-time NBA champ, and a coach who took a previously sorry Nets team to the finals two years in a row, ANYDAY over Karl.

          • vdogg


        • lakermatt84

          Yeh, all those wins with ZERO championships!!

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          George Karl coached good teams to terrible postseason performances.

          In Cleveland, he had Sleepy Floyd and Joe Barry Carrol–both all-stars that season–to a second-round exit.

          In Seattle, he had Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton (and later Detlef Shrempf and Vin Baker), and lost in the first or second round 6 times in 8 tries.

          In Denver, he had Carmelo–and a few years with Allen Iverson/Chauncey Billups, and lost in the first round 8 out of 9 times.

          He can win all the games he wants, but if he can’t lead all-stars and hall-of-famers past the first round of the playoffs, why would you want him?

          • lakermatt84

            Amen. This is why George Karl is an overhyped joke.

  • Sylvia Ross


  • Lopez

    Damn lets just wait.

  • KingEmperor

    Byron Scott or Lionel Hollins all the way..

  • Daniel

    Byron Scott, he knows what the lakers are all about.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    George Karl???!?!!!?

  • Raffaele D’Abrusco

    As a fellow Italian, I’d give a chance to Messina.

  • J Taylor

    Way to keep relevant and in the media Karl! It’s head coach hiring season and the only way to advertise is through the media.

    While Karl may be a candidate, he wouldn’t be in my top 5.

    - At what point does the interview list get long enough that the Front Office starts to look indecisive and desperate?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      They look indecisive and desperate when they entertain all of these silly rumors with interviews and then still take several weeks to hire someone. I’m not sure the front office has actually spoken with a single candidate about the job yet.

  • Daniel

    Are the Lakers talking to anybody? looks to me that they are not doing anything regarding the coach, otherwise it would be all over the news, and what we hear are pure speculations with no solid base.
    Either they are waiting for a coach to be fired to jump on it, or they are speculating that if they get someone good in the draft or through trade, that would help to recruit a better coach.
    That is scary. Lakers should have a coach already and draft accordingly.

    • Fred Savage

      that’s ridiculous. You look and see what your draft position is going to be so you have an idea of what kind of team you’re going to build. Then, you pick a coach to suit the team. Wouldn’t want another pairing like kobe/pau & dantoni

  • independentbynature

    It seems that everyone wants the Lakers job.I thought that idiot Barkley said it was an undesirable job.Maybe he wants it ,too.LOL.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      How do I get my name on the list?

      • independentbynature

        Just start a rumor,I guess.LOL.

  • celtic man

    George Karl would not coach lakers unless they give him a great offer. Team is terrible and has to deal with overrated and self-absorbed kobe bryant

  • Thomas Torres

    Mitch, BRO, Byron Dude. Make the Fan Base happy this time

  • Kliffrichard

    my choices to be the next head coach LA Lakers George Karl and Mark Jackson and Jeff/Stan Van Gundy Brothers and quin snyder and lionel hollins and Byron Scott and kurt rambis and wild card nate mcmillan :)

  • lakermatt84

    George Karl just comes across as a bitter old know it all, especially over the last year or 2. He’s never won anything and if he was going to he would’ve by now. Dare I say, I think I’d actually prefer coach Pringles to this used up old tool.

  • Comic Relief

    Hire George Karl and recreate the Old Supersonics by doing these moves.

    Draft Marcus Smart Young Gary Payton
    Sign Lance Stephenson Young Kendall Gill
    Sign Chris Bosh A Much Less Athletic Version Of Shawn Kemp
    Keep Kobe Bryant A Superstar That George Karl Would Love Coaching
    Keep Ryan Kelly A Young Detlef Schrempf
    Keep Nick Young A Young Ricky Pierce
    Keep Xavier Henry A Young Vincent Askew
    Keep Kent Bazemore A Young Nate McMillan
    Keep Kendall Marshall A Young Andre Miller Yes Karl Coached Him In Denver
    Keep Jordan Farmar A Bigger Version Of Dana Barros
    Keep Jordan Hill A Similar Rebounder Like Michael Cage
    Keep Robert Sacre A Similar Player To Ervin Johnson

    Use The Stretch Provision On Steve Nash Create More Salary Cap Space
    Hire George Karl As Head Coach

    • Marty Susman

      Well you did a lot of work on this

    • independentbynature

      I’m not sure who you over-estimate more.The old Sonics,who never won a title for Karl or the new Lakers who don’t even remotely resemble them..I did enjoy the Comic Relief,though.LOL.Ryan Kelly as Detlef Schrempf?Ryan could only dream of that.

  • Comic Relief

    George Karl is a Bill Murray lookalike Lol.

  • Marty Susman

    The Lakers need the following in order to keep their dwindling fan base… Byron Scott as head guy, D. Fish, Kurt Rambus & Kareem as his asst. That’;s the group they need.

  • roseducanna

    Not this coach KARL.

  • Lois Evans

    I distinctly remember Karl saying in an interview that he hated he Lakers. As they say there is a fine line between love and hate!


    * George Karl – Gets the Lakers to the playoffs as a 5th seed in his first year but they lose in first round. Stays 2 years and folds up shop
    * Quinn Snyder – Gets the Lakers to first round as a 8th seed but wins first round and loses second round. Gets a contract extension and leads the Lakers back into one of the best teams in the league. Maybe a championship…post Kobe
    * Byron Scott – Leads the team to a winning record but just misses the playoffs. He becomes a fan favorite and staff loves him too. He gets the Lakers back to winning but big results don’t happen for at least 3yrs. If Lakers don’t win the Western Conference by the 3rd year he resigns (they won’t fire him)
    * Mark Jackson – Hmmmm interesting…either they will be great or fail miserably

  • Kliffrichard

    my choices to be the next head coach LA Lakers George Karl and Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy and quin snyder and lionel hollins and Byron Scott and kurt rambis and wild card nate mcmillan :)

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