DENVER (CBS4) – The news everyone in the NBA is talking about this month is the Los Angeles Lakers’ acquisition of Dwight Howard, but it’s actually another offseason move by the Lakers George Karl just can’t seem to forget.
The Denver Nuggets head coach is still shocked the Lakers were able to orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal for Steve Nash earlier this summer.
During his second appearance on CBS4′s Xfinity Monday Live Karl told host Vic Lombardi that Nash is probably his favorite active player in the league.
“I was so angry about that trade. I don’t usually get angry about trades, but that trade, wow. It set me off. I sent (Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak a nasty email. Oh man, he is the luckiest guy in the NBA,” Karl said.
Karl said the Lakers were “kind of falling apart” and they were able to get Nash, who he says is “maybe the only guy in the NBA that could save that team.”
With regards to the trade for Howard, the Nuggets were actually involved and scored their own All-Star — Andre Iguodala — in the process.
But Karl knows “We probably did make the Lakers better” because they’ve got Howard now. Karl said Howard is an even better defender than Andrew Bynum, who was sent to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the trade.
Despite the eye-popping moves this summer by the Nuggets’ rival, Karl told Lombardi he thinks Denver will still be competitive with the Lakers.
“When we play the Lakers it’s totally size versus speed. We still like what we can do with speed,” he said. “I think the question is can we make enough threes to open the court up? If we do that our speed and our talent and our playmaking is still going to be first class offensively.”
Karl also talked at length on the show about Iguodala’s talents, saying he’s the type of “do-it-all” veteran player he’s been pining for.
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“He is a legit triple double guy in most games, and I just like that type of player,” he said. “I like a playmaker. I like a team guy. I like a guy that makes people better.”
- By Jesse Sarles, CBSDenver.com
Watch more of the video with George Karl in the Xfinity Monday Live section.