NBA coaching veteran George Karl is interested in the UNLV head coaching vacancy, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today.
A source close to the university’s search said that Karl’s name has popped up following new hire Chris Beard opting to leave for Texas Tech despite not coaching a single game for the Runnin’ Rebels. Karl was recently fired by the Sacramento Kings after just one-plus seasons on the job, but could be a nice hire for a UNLV team that has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and has not advanced past the first round since 2008.
You see, Karl employs a dribble-drive offense, a system that has worked quite well on the collegiate level, especially under Kentucky coach John Calipari.
On top of that, Karl’s NBA experience could be used as a recruiting tactic. He knows what it takes to succeed in the NBA, having coached and played there, and could use that knowledge to develop top-quality players at UNLV.
In an NBA coaching career that goes back to 1984, Karl has gone 1,175-824 across time with the Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle Seahawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, making the postseason in all but three of the seasons he has finished still on the job.
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