Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley is one of 11 reported candidates for the New York Knicks‘ head-coaching position.
In an interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post, George Karl, who Mosley coached and indulged in player development under with the Denver Nuggets from 2006-10, said that the Mavericks assistant can connect with modern-day players.
â€œI thought he had a great connection with todayâ€™s player,â€™â€™ Karl said. â€œHe was hungry. He was big in player development, then toward the end of his time, we gave him scouting reports, game-plan responsibilities. He was really good with basketball intellect and really good with players. Thatâ€™s the combo you need in todayâ€™s world and changing attitudes of the young players.â€
Berman mentions how Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks head coach, told a Dallas radio station that Mosley is a “great” communicator who is going to get an opportunity to run his own program.
â€œHeâ€™s a young man thatâ€™s worked extremely hard to build up his reputation as a great young coach, great communicator,â€ Carlisle said last week on a Dallas radio station. â€œI donâ€™t think heâ€™s going to be with us much longer, honestly. Whether itâ€™s the Knicks or somebody else, this guy is going to be a head coach sooner than later. The opportunity to talk to the Knicks is one that heâ€™s earned.â€
Karl touts Mosley’s “enthusiasm” and compares him to highly regarded NBA head coaches.
â€œIt was his daily enthusiasm and desire to put in the time to be a really good coach,â€™â€™ said Karl, who hosts a podcast â€œTruth and Basketball.â€™â€™ â€œHe reminds me a lot of coach [Dwane] Casey when I had him in Seattle and Terry Stotts [Karlâ€™s assistant in Seattle and Milwaukee]. They both went on to be very good head coaches, and like them, Jamahl is defensive-minded.â€™â€™
â€œBoth Denver and Dallas won a lot of basketball games when [Jamahl] was there,â€™â€™ Karl said. â€œRick is different than I am but that makes you a better coach when you learn you can do things differently and still be successful.â€™â€™
Mosley has been an assistant coach in the NBA for 14 seasons: four with the Nuggets, four with the Cleveland Cavaliers and six with the Mavericks.