Denver Nuggets: The Aftermath of George Karl Firing Sets In

By Ryan Heckman


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A couple of days after the Denver Nuggets fired George Karl, the potential effects are beginning to take shape. Without Karl, where do the Nuggets turn to now? Who is a candidate to replace the reigning NBA Coach of the Year?

I will try to keep a distance from my sentiments towards the firing for now. But, I assure you I still strongly disagree with it.

Not only is Karl gone, but the Nuggets may have to deal with another couple of important pieces of the puzzle leaving in Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer. Whether or not they are a huge loss in your eyes, it is still more potential losses in the end.

So, change is imminent for Denver. We’ve established that.

Now, where do they go? We know there are a few coaches on the top of many teams’ lists right now, but will they be better than Karl? Again, I will try to not ask a question referring to whether or not he was worthy of being fired. But still, I can’t help but wonder.

Lionel Hollins is with the Memphis Grizzlies – for now. He was given permission to talk to other clubs due to “philosophical differences,” whatever that truly means. Hollins would definitely bring a defensive tenacity to the Nuggets that would benefit the team and even push them further into the playoffs.

Another name on the market is Brian Shaw, a current assistant for the Indiana Pacers. Never having a shot at a head coach position, Shaw is deserving and appears to be in position to land a job here shortly. Would he fit in Denver? I’m not sure. At least, he wouldn’t be as great of an option as Karl would still be. But hey, hewasthe coach of the year.

Whatever Denver does, they better hope it works out in their favor because they lost an excellent coach – by choice.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.



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