The Denver Nuggets firing George Karl could turn out to be a disastrous mistake, especially if Western Conference contender Memphis Grizzlies decide to hire him. The 2013 NBA Coach of the Year will interview for the Grizzlies’ head-coaching job on Monday.
Memphis elected to fire Lionel Hollins after the Grizzlies were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Many believed Memphis would be foolish to allow Hollins to walk, especially since he led the team to 56 wins and their first trip to the Western Conference Finals in franchise history. However, reported tension between Hollins and the new management was clearly enough for the organization to move on.
Karl reportedly wanted to use his Coach of the Year Award and a 57-25 regular season record, which was the best in Nuggets franchise history, to get a long-term extension done. However, Denver decided to go a different route. It is not that Karl is not a great head coach, but the Nuggets are looking for someone that can lead them deep into the postseason. The fact is Denver lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs eight out of the nine times under Karl.
There is no question Karl and Hollins are very talented coaches who are capable of taking a team the distance. That is why the Grizzlies are interested in Karl, and the Nuggets will interview Hollins for their vacant head-coaching job on Saturday.
Other coaches will be interviewing for the Memphis job over the weekend. However, Karl’s 423-257 record and eight trips to the playoffs speak for themselves. If he wants the job, I cannot imagine the Grizzlies not giving it to him.