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07:15 AM ET 10.07 | Now out of an NBA coaching job, still, George Karl wonders. But if Karl did coach the Nuggets this season, it would have been the final year of his contract, and the 62-year-old pushed the organization for more security. Management's response was to fire him, blaming him for the Nuggets' first-round playoff loss to the lower-seeded Golden State Warriors. ... [Said Karl:] "I don't have a lot of bitterness other than I don't understand. But not understanding -- when you are working in a world of millions, millions, and millions of dollars, there's a lot of things I don't understand. There's a lot of contracts we give players that I don't understand. There's a lot of trades that I don't understand. There are a lot of decisions I don't understand. "I can't deny there's an anger and frustration."

The Boston Globe

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October 7, 2013  07:58 AM ET

George sounds an awful lot like the posters of T&R.

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October 7, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Take a vacation and come back re-energized. Life is too short especially when you're getting old and had cancer.

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October 7, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Just Move On, Bro.

October 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Maybe the Knicks will do something wise and bring him in as a coach LOL!!! Melo won't like it but da hell with him, he's bolting for LaLa land in the offseason anyways.

October 7, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Quit whining.He's done squat in the last 20 years as a coach.....One measley WCF appearanceThis is a results oriented business and he doesn't get it done when it matters most- in the playoffs

ECF in 2001.

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October 7, 2013  12:10 PM ET

Don't get Carl. He got the money and lately health. Just enjoy your time while you are here. No need to be bitter or angry. Get the right perspective old man. Smh

October 7, 2013  12:25 PM ET

If you took care of your money what's to understand. Enjoy you life with the aggravation of being a coach. Work the booth for all it's worth. Her's what I understand, "there is life after basketball" ...

October 7, 2013  01:07 PM ET
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Quit whining.He's done squat in the last 20 years as a coach.....One measley WCF appearanceThis is a results oriented business and he doesn't get it done when it matters most- in the playoffs

Cumon man. Karl is better than most coaches around. Not ALL can win everything. He's always made his team better, and keep players accountable.
You even defend Woody lol, talk about someone that cannot get done in playoffs!!!

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October 7, 2013  07:53 PM ET

If a coach gets the best from his players, that's all that can be expected of him. No coach is any better that his roster. I think Karl did the best he could do with what he was given to work with. They were beaten by a better team. Denver will be no better this year.

October 8, 2013  02:12 AM ET
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Maybe the Knicks will do something wise and bring him in as a coach LOL!!! Melo won't like it but da hell with him, he's bolting for LaLa land in the offseason anyways.

Yeah, maybe LOL

October 8, 2013  04:33 AM ET

The issue with George Karl is that he can't get over the hump. Sure you can give him any kind of squad and he will get a minimum of 40 wins out of them, and likely a playoff spot. BUT, for as long as he has coached, he hasn't won. Even Lenny Wilkins won a ship and he coached FOREVER.

At then end of the day, folks start to look at your record and wonder if you are the guy that CAN get it done. Doesn't seem like Denver felt that way about homeboy...

October 8, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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Maybe the Knicks will do something wise and bring him in as a coach LOL!!! Melo won't like it but da hell with him, he's bolting for LaLa land in the offseason anyways.

The Knicks organization is dumb, but they aren't that dumb. Why in THE HELL would they want to do that? I would say that Karl is washed up, but the truth is he's never been washed in! This guy is a marginal coaching talent at best. What has he really ever done that is noteworthy? George Karl was fired because Denver saw the handwriting on the wall and wanted to go another direction. Can anyone blame them? The only thing you may be able to blame the Nuggets for is that they didn't cut him loose sooner.

This guy couldn't hack it in NY anyway. An old, tired, never was with cancer? We need George Karl coaching the Knicks like we need a bag on our hip.

October 8, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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The Knicks organization is dumb, but they aren't that dumb. Why in THE HELL would they want to do that? I would say that Karl is washed up, but the truth is he's never been washed in! This guy is a marginal coaching talent at best. What has he really ever done that is noteworthy? George Karl was fired because Denver saw the handwriting on the wall and wanted to go another direction. Can anyone blame them? The only thing you may be able to blame the Nuggets for is that they didn't cut him loose sooner.This guy couldn't hack it in NY anyway. An old, tired, never was with cancer? We need George Karl coaching the Knicks like we need a bag on our hip.

That's crazy talk, Karl has a proven record for winning. Sure he hasn't won the championship but he took the Sonics to the Finals way back only to be derailed by MJ and every team he's ever coached has made the playoffs and done pretty well.. The only reason he was fired was because of not playing his young players enough mainly Javale McGee after he got his big contract.

 
October 8, 2013  03:47 PM ET

Yeah, what goes around comes around. Remember a few years ago when Isiah Thomas was the GM for the Knicks and Larry Brown was the coach of the Knicks and a couple of coaches (George Karl, Greg Popovich) became upset with Isiah because they did not like the way Larry Brown was released by the Knicks, well, the Denver Nuggets did the same thing or maybe even worst to George Karl, now who's running to his defense? George Karl was the "Coach of the Year" and a 50 win team. Explain his departure, was it because he was to old; like Brown or was it just because management decided that the team needed a new face to go along with some younger players.

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