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Karl fired by Denver, draws interest from Memphis

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03:38 PM ET 06.06 | If the Denver Nuggets' surprising firing of George Karl stung at the head coach, there was news that could've softened the blow. Within hours of the team announcing its decision, Karl already had a potential suitor in the Memphis Grizzlies, who reached out and spoke with him soon after his firing. Though Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is still under contract until the end of June, he could soon be on his way out. The connection between Memphis and Karl is Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations Stu Lash, who worked with Karl in Denver and has a great deal of respect for him. Additionally, the Los Angeles Clippers are expected to pursue Karl.

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June 6, 2013  03:54 PM ET

Karl would be a fine catch for any team. Clippers too? I guess Brian Shaw's about to move to next chair now...

June 6, 2013  04:35 PM ET

Hate to see Karl go. Hell of a coach and person. Once the GM went to Toronto the writing was on the wall. Yes his offense wasn't set up for a long playoff run and he should have adjusted a year or two ago but I would have loved for him to retire coaching here. They had a bad matchup with G.S. They weren't going to beat Memphis, San Antonio or the Heat no matter what offense they ran. Horrible foul shooting and 3 point shooting team. It's going to be interesting now that both are gone.

June 6, 2013  04:57 PM ET
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Hate to see Karl go. Hell of a coach and person. Once the GM went to Toronto the writing was on the wall. Yes his offense wasn't set up for a long playoff run and he should have adjusted a year or two ago but I would have loved for him to retire coaching here. They had a bad matchup with G.S. They weren't going to beat Memphis, San Antonio or the Heat no matter what offense they ran. Horrible foul shooting and 3 point shooting team. It's going to be interesting now that both are gone.

Doesn't help when one of your top offensive guys goes down right before the playoffs either.

June 6, 2013  06:28 PM ET

Coaching mid-level market teams that don't want to spend, George Karl usually gets rosters that aren't built to succeed. Coach of the Year Award is a testament to his ability to get them to over-achieve and make it into the playoffs. But then everyone criticizes him for not being able to win in the playoffs with those same mediocre rosters.

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June 6, 2013  06:50 PM ET
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Coaching mid-level market teams that don't want to spend, George Karl usually gets rosters that aren't built to succeed. Coach of the Year Award is a testament to his ability to get them to over-achieve and make it into the playoffs. But then everyone criticizes him for not being able to win in the playoffs with those same mediocre rosters.

Exactly.

+100

June 6, 2013  06:52 PM ET

Denver had a good team, but no superstar needed to take the team past the 1st round. And some thought they were a sleeper team.

SMH.

June 6, 2013  07:00 PM ET
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why?what has he really accomplished in the last 15 years?he's certainly a decent coach- but clearly he isn't a guy that can take the team to the next level

The last time he had a very good roster.... He made the WCF.

With Melo, AI, Kenyon Martin, and Billups.

June 6, 2013  07:05 PM ET

Oh, they also had JR and Nene.

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