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George Karl describes his version of playing fast

Kings head coach George Karl speaks to the press after The Sacramento Kings introduced him as their new head coach Tuesday.
Kings head coach George Karl speaks to the press after The Sacramento Kings introduced him as their new head coach Tuesday. rbenton@sacbee.com

Pace. Tempo. Fast.

Three words that have been thrown around about the Kings’ offense the last two months.

George Karl is now tasked with making the Kings a team that has those elements on the court. Karl said today’s NBA requires teams to do so and not rely on playing in the halfcourt with set plays.

“I like the game to have a rhythm,” Karl said. “I like the game to be created by five guys playing like there are six or seven. I like the game to have a fast flow, I like to be in control of the action, I like to be aggressive, intense. But basically I like that because I think that’s the way you should play. I like that because the way the game is today, if you play against set defenses you’ve got to be really, really good and that might not be good enough. So flow is important to me, playing before the defense sets.”

Karl said he’s adjusted his coaching style with the changes in rules to the NBA.

In his last job in Denver, Karl found success with the small and quick Ty Lawson at point guard.

There was a time that wouldn’t have been his preference.

“I used to hate little guards,” Karl said. “But little guards they can win games for you because they can go anywhere they want no matter how you cover them.”

This could lead to some creative looks on the court for the Kings. Darren Collison is having a career year and Karl said he believes Ramon Sessions is still a good player even though he’s had a down season.

Collison could find more success with Karl because of his quickness.

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