George Karl took the superstar-less Denver Nuggets all the way up to the three-seed in the Western Conference, amassing the league's best home-record while winning the Coach of the Year.
Apparently, the front office had higher expectations and fired Karl, who had a year remaining on his contract. Perhaps they haven't taken a look at their roster, because they don't have Carmelo Anthony nor anyone else who can bring them a ring. What they did have was one of the best coaches in the NBA, and those aren't easy to come by.
They'll probably need more luck than Karl as they attempt to rebuild. Karl received interest from the LA Clippers before anyone knew he might be fired and will have no problems picking up another job there or somewhere else, should he choose to keep going.
Y! Source: Denver will not bring coach George Karl back for final year of contract. tinyurl.com/kp36ttg— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 6, 2013
May 2013 - George Karl named NBA Coach of the Year.June 2013 - George Karl out of a job.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 6, 2013
Somewhere Mike Brown -- who also was fired after being coach of the year -- sheds a single, Denzel-Glory tear for George Karl— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 6, 2013
If George Karl suddenly is on the market, the Pistons might want to extend their already endless coaching search. Great candidate.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) June 6, 2013
The Nuggets fire George Karl. Lionel Hollins and the Grizz have beef. Mike D'Antoni is safe. #ColdWorld— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 6, 2013
The Clippers were already interested in George Karl before he became available. They should offer him the job today.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 6, 2013
The last time George Karl coached a team that had a losing record was 25 years ago, in 1988.— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) June 6, 2013
Denver let George Karl go after this Coach of the Year speech. Skip to 2:45. Cold. bit.ly/191bxVW— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 6, 2013