Coach George Karl fired

Karl fired after winning Coach of the year

 

After taking the Denver Nuggets to their best record in a 35 year franchise history on the way to collecting the league's Coach of the Year award George Karl has been fired...

Commenting on his twitter page "It's a sad day for me, my staff and my family. Difficult decision to understand but memories with the Nuggets are the best I've ever had."

Karl's contract had one year remaining, with a team option for next summer that would have seen Karl stalking the Denver sidelines for another 3 years. It has been reported that Karl wanted his long-term future with Denver dealt with promptly but after the loss of their GM and an early first-round exit the Nuggets weren't prepared to commit, and the decision was made to divorce sooner rather than later.

The last time coach Karl had a losing season was back in 1988, Karl's 21 straight non-losing seasons tie Phil Jackson for the longest streak in league history. 

However, it was not for the regular season records that Karl was let go but the now almost routine first-round playoff exits. In NBA history, 41 teams have won at least 31 of their final 40 games in an 82-game season. Only six went on to lose in their first playoff series -- and three were coached by George Karl. [Source -- ESPN Stats & Information]

With only 10 of the 16 playoff coaches remaining in with their current teams and coach Lionel Hollins possibly moving the timing of this departure gives Karl a chance to get involved with other prime head coaching openings, including those with the Clippers, Grizzlies and possibly Nets. 

 

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