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George Karl opens up about dismissal from Nuggets

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06:37 PM ET 06.13 | George Karl was utterly surprised when the Denver Nuggets decided to fire him. A franchise-best 57 wins and an NBA Coach of the Year honor would've kept his job safe, or so he thought. And at the least, there were few warning signs that Nuggets president Josh Kroenke wasn't backing him. Karl told 850 KOA News Radio's Dave Krieger that he had preliminary contract talks with Kroenke and thought he'd at least get the chance to discuss a compromise regarding his future, one that he very much wanted to be in Denver. So when he was suddenly let go, it came in shocking fashion. "I think I called it stupid," he said, recalling his final meeting with Kroenke, the one where he was dismissed after eight and a half seasons. "I think I did say, 'I want you to know I think this is really stupid.' I think (former GM) Masai (Ujiri) and Josh both thought it was easy to win. It is not easy to win."

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June 14, 2013  12:57 AM ET

Since the 90s, the Nuggets have been on a lost path to find itself. Four rebuilding projects, a high-profile coach who refuses to develop talented players (see Karl), a racist coach (see Issel), and the best GM the franchise has seen since Warkentein (see Uriji). Now, our lame owners at Kroenke Enterprises group overly focus on keeping management/coaching costs down, but overpaying for marginal players and hope it works out. For Avs and Nuggets' fans, it is too bad that the owner is only about the might dollar and profits, but NOT winning championships through better judgment. As the Florida Panthers and the San Antonio Spurs franchises have proven, keeping the best talent in the front office and with its field generals, leads to a greater chance of advancing in the playoffs. Player's league and we should accept it as present reality? Not necessarily in Miami with the Panthers or in San Antonio with the Spurs!

June 14, 2013  01:07 AM ET

I don't get it and I feel kinda bad for George Karl.

Not that bad, though. He could easily enjoy retirement if he wishes. Or he could easily get another coaching job.

Still, Denver is probably about to find out that the grass isn't always greener.

June 14, 2013  01:27 AM ET
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Since the 90s, the Nuggets have been on a lost path to find itself. Four rebuilding projects, a high-profile coach who refuses to develop talented players (see Karl), a racist coach (see Issel), and the best GM the franchise has seen since Warkentein (see Uriji). Now, our lame owners at Kroenke Enterprises group overly focus on keeping management/coaching costs down, but overpaying for marginal players and hope it works out. For Avs and Nuggets' fans, it is too bad that the owner is only about the might dollar and profits, but NOT winning championships through better judgment. As the Florida Panthers and the San Antonio Spurs franchises have proven, keeping the best talent in the front office and with its field generals, leads to a greater chance of advancing in the playoffs. Player's league and we should accept it as present reality? Not necessarily in Miami with the Panthers or in San Antonio with the Spurs!

Accurately stated. The Broncos have the loyal fan based because its ownership group only hires the smartest and talented, on and off the field.

June 14, 2013  08:53 AM ET

No wonder Melo wanted out.

June 14, 2013  09:07 AM ET

I am surprised Nets hired Kidd and didn't even consider Karl, a known entity with playoffs pedigree.

 
June 14, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Do You Want To Coach The Lakers, Bro?

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