Thursday , Jan , 15 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

George Karl Criticizes Mark Cuban’s Interference

Nuggets coach George Karl doesn’t anticipate J.R. Smith being suspended for an elbow Smith threw on Tuesday — and Karl has no problem with Dallas owner Mark Cuban turning the tape into the league. But Karl said Wednesday that he remains dissatisfied with the way Cuban handled the situation.

"I have no problem with him judging that that was a play that should be sent to the league office. But stay away from my players, stay off the court," Karl said after Wednesday’s practice. "I think Cuban’s going off on something that happens almost every game. There was no contact, it wasn’t even close. It was more of a trash talking, he-hit-me-and-I’m-not-stepping-down. But nothing happened."