Dunleavy apparently asked Karl for his opinion on Iverson.
George Karl's quotes:
"I actually spent about a half hour with Mike Dunleavy last night, I told him: 'If you can get AI to come off the bench and buy in to being a scorer off the bench, I think it can work,'" said Karl on the Dan Patrick Show. "And, Mike - certain systems and certain styles of coaches - I think Dunleavy plays a way that AI can fit in to. If you're going to be a team oriented, ball movement offensive team, I don't think that fits, but I think Mike likes to run some isolations, he likes to run spacing sets, and I think AI could fit in there."
If Detroit had a head coach with more experience things could have gone much differently, according to Karl.
"It's the schism between personnel and coaching - I think personnel sometimes think they'll adjust, they'll make the adjustments, they'll figure it out," said Karl. "And, then you got a young coach like Michael Curry that might not have the versatility to figure it out."
Karl's statements on Iverson have to hold a lot of weight for Dunleavy especially considering the significant improvements his team made after his departure. There's definitely a lot of mutual respect between the two coaches, who actually met up because of something completely unrelated to basketball.
"He brought Iverson up; we actually met on something else, actually a business situation," Karl revealed. We're part owners in a hotel in Costa Rica that we wanted to talk about, and then we started talking about AI." link to story