Wednesday , Oct , 10 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, George Karl, & Sam Cassell As Denver Nuggets Assistant Coach= Recipe For Disaster?

I’m convinced Cassell will make a great NBA bench boss, too. Last July, I was five feet from Sam-I-am at Steve Nash’s Charity Classic. It was just a charity game and Cassell’s team had an official coach, but the veteran point guard ran the sideline …

Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, George Karl, & Sam Cassell As Denver Nuggets Assistant Coach= Recipe For Disaster?The Rocky Mountain News reports on Sam Cassell signing with the Nuggets in the summer as a player/coach:

Clippers guard Sam Cassell wants to be paired again with Karl.

Cassell, in the final year of his contract, said he wants to sign with the Nuggets in the offseason as a free agent and play one more season. He wants to learn the coaching ropes from Karl, his former coach in Milwaukee.

"We always talk about that," Cassell said. "(Karl) knows I’m serious about wanting to coach.’

Karl, who courted Cassell in 2006 before he re-signed with the Clippers, is open to Cassell, 37, playing a final season in Denver while preparing to coach.

"Sam’s what we’ve always talked about, so I think it is a possibility," Karl said. "Sam, I think, will make a good coach, but there will have to be a transition period."

My Quick Take: I love trying to guess which NBA players will make great coaches. Avery Johnson was an easy one. The little general had sideline boss written all over him. As a player, he commanded respect in and , so it was only natural he would take over Don Nelson’s Mavs.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so I watched a lot of Nate McMillan running Seattle’s offense. The combo guard did a great job mentoring a young Gary Payton and I always thought he would make a great coach.

I’m convinced Cassell will make a great NBA bench boss, too. Last July, I was five feet from Sam-I-am at Steve Nash’s Charity Classic. It was just a charity game and Cassell’s team had an official coach, but the veteran point guard ran the sideline. He barked out orders for Nash, his teammate for the evening. And with his squad trailing by two with just a few ticks left on the clock, he drew up a final play to win the game.

But isn’t the place for Cassell to learn the coaching ropes. The Nuggets already have many strong personalities. Sure, Allen Iverson and George Karl have mellowed, but these two head strong individuals seem destined to clash at some point, right? And don’t forget young , who keeps taking steps in the right direction, but is still trying to establish himself as the Nuggets’ superstar. Could one team handle Anthony, Casell, Iverson and Karl? That’s a tall order.

Cassell would be better off in the NBDL than Denver. Or he could retire and take a lower profile assistant coaching gig with another NBA team. Oh yeah, he still has a final season with the Clippers to focus on.

Could the Nuggets handle Cassell as an assistant coach? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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