Healthy George Karl starts podcast, may someday coach again

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, former NBA head coach George Karl talks about his new book, "Furious George," during an interview before a book signing event at a book store in east Denver. Karl has not felt this healthy in nearly two decades. He is playing tons of golf, bike riding, working out and doing some yoga. The longtime NBA coach who has fought cancer three times is living a quasi-retired sort of lifestyle. But the recently turned 69-year-old is far from retired. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DENVER – Truth: George Karl hasn’t felt this healthy in 15, maybe even 20 years. He’s playing plenty of golf, bike riding and finding time for yoga.

Basketball: The longtime NBA coach who has fought cancer three times is keeping the door open for getting back into the business, maybe as a head coach or possibly as an assistant.

Truth + Basketball: The title of the 69-year-old Karl's new, speak-his-mind podcast that he's finding “soulful.”

He may be leading a quasi-retired lifestyle but make no mistake — he's not retired.

“I love the game as much as I ever have," said Karl, who hasn't coached in the league since being let go by Sacramento following the 2016 season. "If the right situation came up, I might coach again.”

Karl has been quenching his thirst for hoops through his son, Coby, who's the head coach of the South Bay Lakers, a G League club. George Karl caught quite a few of his son's games in person before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. When he wasn't there, he was always available for advice.

“I don’t get a lot of phone calls when he's winning. But when he’s losing I get a lot of phone calls,” cracked Karl, who has 1,175 career regular-season wins in stints with Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver and Sacramento.

Karl's name recently surfaced in an episode of “The Last Dance,” an ESPN and Netflix 10-part documentary series about Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Karl was called out by Jordan for not greeting the basketball great while they were at the same restaurant during the 1995-96 NBA Finals.