Advice for Cooper: Avoid blame game

Originally Published: December 28, 2004
By George Karl | ESPN Insider
There was something familiar to me about the Denver Nuggets' decision to fire Jeff Bzdelik and promote Michael Cooper as the interim coach Tuesday. It reminded me of when I became coach of the Seattle SuperSonics more than a decade ago.

The difference is that I took over the Sonics from a distance. I came to Seattle from Real Madrid in Spain, taking over the Sonics' reins in the middle of the 1991-'92 season. That was a different, and difficult challenge. Cooper, though, has been on the bench with Bzdelik, and that's definitely helpful experience.

My advice to Cooper about taking over in-season as an NBA coach can be boiled down to one do and one don't.