I can’t even begin to express my anger towards this situation if I am a Denver Nuggets fan. George Karl wins NBA Coach of the Year and leads a team with zero star players into the playoffs – and gets the boot.
Remember when the Nuggets dealt Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks and right away the speculation began to rise over whether or not Denver made the best decision?
All the Nuggets did under Karl was obtain a better record than Anthony’s Knicks from the time he was traded – the wins kept coming. Despite no ‘star’ players, the Nuggets were held together by Karl and his philosphy of being a true player’s coach.
Karl is one of the most highly respected coaches around the league and will provide his services to a new team almost instantaneously. A team like the Los Angeles Clippers has already begun to swirl around Karl and his potential as a replacement for Vinny Del Negro.
I guess the only logical reason for the firing could be the same reason for the Chicago Bears to fire a guy like Lovie Smith this year. The sports world is a “what have you done for me lately?” type of society these days, and yes, Karl failed to win a championship.
But, are there any better options out there other than Karl? Very unlikely, other than possibly bringing in Lionel Hollins if he’s interested. Karl is phenomenal at what he does and that’s why he earns so much respect from both coaches and players around the NBA.
The coach of the year is officially a free agent – but not for long.