Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 12/21/12
Picimg_new_orleans_hornets_4c6a
George Karl comes from the same "Larry Brown School" as Gregg Popovich, but that's about it when you compare their coaching styles. Karl has coached his teams Nuggets teams the same way - a high scoring mentality that has them running and defending the paint as best as they can. Gregg Popovich prefers a philosophy of playing to his team's advantages whether running or playing a set offense (or a mixture of the two depending on who's on the floor). The one thing they do have in common is their coaching philosophy and Karl admits it to the Denver Post: "I think I'm a Spur guy — I think solid and fundamental win more than spectacular," Don't let Karl's teams fool you. They may be trying to play a high octane offense but, unlike the Phoenix Suns of old, you're not going to get flashy egos showing up on his watch.  JaVale McGee may be an "interesting" personality, but Karl has molded him from "flashy" to "efficient" in his defensive game and you won't see him taunting opponents by doing push ups like Amar'e Stoudemire years ago. Like Popovich, they share a philosophy of treating the game like a job that you have fun doing over just having fun on the court. They both share the philosophy that "Sports Center" type plays on a daily basis don't get you a championship and that's a major goal for their ownership and more importantly their fan (as Spurs fans will tell you their disappointment of the postseason in recent years). Karl is the guy who seemed to tame Allen Iverson's ego during his brief Nuggets run, so you know where his loyalty to the game is. He prefers the "boring fundamentals" over the flashy Top 10 plays. It's hard to argue with Karl on his own description. He is as close of being a "Spur Guy" as you can get without being on the Spurs.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: JPP 'severely injured' hand in fireworks mishap

Blatter: European politicians helped Qatar land World Cup

Report: Cavs considering trading for Joe Johnson

Andrew Quarless found hiding in plant after firing gun

Odell Beckham: I don't want to be known only for 'the catch'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Borland on retirement: Health 'more important' than money

Three NBA teams that improved most early in offseason

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

Report: LeBron won't negotiate with Cavs until Thompson is signed

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

WATCH: Carli Lloyd scores three goals in 17 minutes

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

WATCH: Carlos Gomez leaves gum, note for Billy Hamilton

Kansas to wear new USA jerseys after request from FIBA

What can the Saints expect from CJ Spiller in 2015?

Isaiah Thomas trolls Kings after Rajon Rondo signing

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Carli Lloyd scores 3 goals in 17 mins

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Odell Beckham doesn't want to be known for 'the catch'

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.