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Most NBA coaches want more out of their players on the court. Denver Nuggets coach George Karl wants JaVale McGee to play like Tim Duncan, arguably the greatest NBA power forward of all-time. How does Karl expect McGee to play like Duncan? The answer may surprise you:
“I think he tries to be spectacular,” Karl said of McGee. “Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if you just let Andre Miller and Ty [Lawson], let us orchestrate the game, something big time will happen. But I just want him to be more Tim Duncan-like. I tell him I like Tim Duncan. I want Tim Duncan. That’s what I want.”
Karl doesn’t sound delusional when you put his analysis in context with his stated desire that JaVale McGee play more like Tim Duncan. The best NBA players let the game come to them and only force the spectacular when the moment calls for it.
McGee isn’t the only western conference big man who should take Karl’s comments to heart. Take notes Mike D’Antoni.
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In the off-season, JaVale McGee signed a $44 million 4-year contract with the Denver Nuggets that sent tongues wagging and misinformation spiraling. It was assumed his big contract was indicative of him starting, which isn’t true as a contract has little correlation with good or bad production, but market value to the franchise. It wouldn’t [...]The post George Karl on JaVale...
“Probably simple and solid,” Karl said, when asked what he tells McGee most. “I think he tries to be spectacular. Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular come. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if you just let Andre Miller and Ty [Lawson], let us...
The Heat have signed forward Jarvis Varnado to a second 10-day contract, the team announced Sunday.
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The Heat also announced Sunday that they have signed forwardcenter Chris Andersen to a 10-day contract.
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1/18/2013 - Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
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Friday, January 18, 2013
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The Big Man Swap:
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Andre Iguodala evaluated his transition to the Nuggets.
Chris Andersen is getting another chance in the NBA.
The Miami Heat have signed Andersen to a 10-day contract. The Heat also brought forward-center Jarvis Varnado back for a second 10-day deal.
Andersen, whose nickname around the league is "Birdman," worked out for the Heat about two weeks ago and remained in the team's plans.
Andersen has averaged 5.4 points and...
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