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Sonics’ Needs Center On Big Man Karl Doesn’t Expect To Turn Team Upside Down

Don’t look for any major changes in the Seattle SuperSonics next season. It’s the little things that need work, coach George Karl said Monday.

The Sonics’ ownership announced last week Karl would be back for the 1995-96 season, ending speculation that he might get fired after two failed playoffs.

“Anytime you get to the position we’re in, it’s the little stuff that needs work,” Karl said Monday in a telephone interview. “We need to evaluate our situation and make smart decisions. But at this point, it would be unfair to point out one individual as the problem.”

Karl said the club might try to go after a center, but would not necessarily turn the team upside down to get one.

“Everyone knows this team has been winning a lot of games without a center. Can we go get a center? We’re going to listen to that, but are we going to break up this team to get a center? Not unless we’re sure it’s going to make us a better team,” Karl said.

“I’m very confident we will have a very good team next year.”“I’m very positive that after a year of growth we’re going to be a better basketball team. We’re not going to talk openly about it, we’ll leave the scrutinizing to the media,” Karl said.

While winning a playoff series might have done wonders for the team’s confidence, Karl said, he felt the Sonics had nothing to be ashamed of.

“It would be one thing if we were crucified but we weren’t. We lost a close game and played very hard. It’s not that the product is bad. The truth is that the pressure was on (in series against Lakers) and we came up short and there are going to be 26 teams that come up short,” Karl said.

“I mean, it’s a lot better to have your season end in June, but in the end, does it really make a difference?”

Karl said he did not look on last week’s announcement that he would stay on another year as a vote of confidence. “It was a continuation of the process,” he said.

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