The Denver Nuggets went 57-25 this season and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs yet again. That record didn’t save Coach George Karl, and he was fired not long ago. As the team continues to look for their new head coach, there is no doubt in my mind that they made the wrong decision here.
They will pay for it in the years to come because they allowed the best coach for their team to go away.
I don’t care about the fact that the team’s general manager had left and that caused uncertainty all around. Karl is a tremendous coach who sometimes doesn’t get the respect that he deserves. When you win 57 games, you get contract extensions and not pink slips.
I guess Denver didn’t get that memo about being successful. When the team falters next season without Karl and probably without Andre Iguodala as well, we will see how important Karl was to this team.
I’m sure whoever takes over will do a solid job, but they aren’t going to win 57 games again. The name Lionel Hollins keeps getting brought up. He has proved that he is a winning coach and took the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals this year, but the problem is that Hollins isn’t in the same league as Karl.
The team that ends up with Karl is going to be very happy to have him and will see their team make a playoff run sooner than later if they weren’t there already. Denver will regret this move in a big way. It’s only a matter of time until that realization sinks in.