Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 2/12/13

We are 10 days away from the February 21 NBA trade deadline and while things seem relatively quiet now, they are sure to pick up in the next couple of days. This has to be a nerve-racking time for players, coaches, general managers and everybody else involved. Players could have to move to a completely new city at the drop of a hat, and (with the exception of a few players with trade veto capability) there is nothing they can do about it. During this high-stress stretch of the NBA season, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl does what he can to try and keep his players at peace, telling them it is really out of their hands. "There's this solid anxiety to this period of time for players," Karl said. "So, how I can calm that and make them feel like, 'Yeah, a trade could happen, but it's a small, small percentage.'" It is not much, but I am sure any attempt at consolation goes a long way. Karl has also learned over the years to try as hard as he can to avoid the media as the trade deadline approaches because he is forced to tell “fibs and lies.” He cannot go spouting off to the media every trade that is being considered by his team. That would just cause chaos. However, Karl did admit to having a little competition with his fellow coaches about who could get an unbelievable rumor to the media first. "We make up some trade that never was proposed in 100 years and suddenly it's on ESPN," Karl said, smiling. While that is a fun way to mess with the media, Karl says he has given up the role of prankster and has not tried that in seven or eight years. As a veteran coach, I am sure George Karl is better at dealing with the impending trade deadline than some of his peers. But on the bright side, it is only 10 more days. Then it is time to start making the push to the playoffs. Image: Sporting News [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tigers are officially “rebooting”

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell amid Deflategate controversy

Brady, agent contacted AT&T in attempt to retrieve deleted texts

Report: Chancellor 'strongly considering a camp holdout'

Colts become favorites to win AFC with Brady suspended

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dodgers reportedly acquire Mat Latos and Michael Morse

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Troy Tulowitzki felt 'blindsided' by trade to Blue Jays

Drew Storen not happy about Jonathan Papelbon trade

Kraft apologizes for accepting team Deflategate penalty

RG3 reportedly showing improvement during offseason

Report: Rangers are front-runner for Cole Hamels

Giants owner calls Pierre-Paul debacle ‘very disappointing’

Panthers WR cited for marijuana paraphernalia, had child in car

Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic details announced

Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez: Twin trade chips

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Canseco will live as a woman to support Caitlyn Jenner

Giants owner says nobody from team has seen JPP's hand

Conor McGregor admits he's intimidated by Ronda Rousey

NFL requests police guard Roger Goodell's Maine home

Baseball Hall of Fame changes voter eligibility rules

Atlanta Hawks should not be overlooked next year

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

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker