Sunday, October 6th, 2013 at 12:12 pm  |  33 responses

George Karl Says He Doesn’t Understand Why the Nuggets Fired Him

The Nuggets replaced former head coach George Karl with Brian Shaw this past offseason, a move that some thought was unnecessary and uncalled for. And according to the Boston Globe, Karl is still unsure why he was axed: “Karl, along with Lionel Hollins, who guided the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals, are unemployed, a testament to the volatile nature of the relationship between coaches and the new generation of club management. ‘I was amazed at how quickly I accepted what happened,’ Karl said, ‘because I had 8½ great years and last year was probably my most fun coaching any basketball team I’ve ever been associated with. 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. But there’s much more celebration in my heart than anything else.’ Karl reached the NBA Finals once in 25 years as a head coach but racked up 1,131 victories and helped resurrect franchises in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Denver.”

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  • Cam

    I like Karl. He should be Portland coach. His JaVale McGee dis was unfortunTe but kinda justified

  • anon

    George Karl was fired because he won Coach of the Year. It’s a rule.

  • Jagga

    10 years!!!!!! 1 year he got the team out of the first round

  • Kent Kanada

    I don’t understand business either Coach Karl. But that’s why you are a coach and not a businessman. Hopefully he’s back coaching in the NBA next year!

  • Busta213

    Same reason why the Sonics fired him – he had one “impressive regular season followed by an early playoff flameout” too many

  • Caboose

    Because your talent-loaded teams never actually accomplished anything.

  • Evan Boland

    What do I expect, he has no stars.

  • Caboose

    What do you call Gary Payton and Carmelo Anthony?

  • Evan Boland

    NBA Finals and WCF.. Try again.

  • Caboose

    He left the first round how many times with that Nuggets team? The management did whatever he told them to. Oh, we need a star? Build around Melo. Wait, we need a more balanced lineup? Load up on border-line All-Star guys. Nope, nothing. George Karl is a regular season coach and nothing more.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    George Karl didn’t say or decide any of those things……the only trade that we know Karl supported was Iverson for Billups. Other than that we know he didn’t like the Nene trade, at all. He didn’t mind the Melo trade because of the way Melo was behaving, but in reality that team has been overachieving, I think that will be very very evident this season.

  • shockexchange

    Because the owner of every above average team thinks he can attract Phil Jackson. The Shock Exchange once thought he could attract Jayne Kennedy, but … oh well.

  • BIG ED

    advancing once out of 1st round in many years would get u fired in other cities.

  • i_ball

    I don’t understand it too. They lost probably their best offensive player for the playoffs, so what were they expecting

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Did you ever think you had a chance with a women who wasn’t out of your age range? If not, that route will probably work better for you

  • shockexchange

    Not only was she outta SE’s age range, the Shock Exchange didn’t have the game for that. SE would have had a better chance of pulling Jayne Kennedy than Denver had of signing Phil. Now let that sink in.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Haha idk, I think Denver at least had the ability to talk to Phil….

  • shockexchange

    Nah, Phil pre-empted them.

    Phil: “Denver, heard you guys were in the market for a coach.”

    Denver: “Hell yell! We were just talking about you.”

    Phil: “Actually, I was calling on behalf of Bryan Shaw.”

    Denver: *Crickets*

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Hahahahahahahahaha touché

  • Tony Taylor

    yeah they at least have the number to his wife’s job lol

  • Tony Taylor

    if only you could combine GP’s defense with Melo’s offense lol that would be the Universal Soldier of basketball players.

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  • fruizm

    you two are weird…

  • berkamore

    Well said. Great regular season coach, not so hot in the playoffs. And after 25 years as a coach, you pretty much are whatever you are supposed to be. it ain’t like Karl is a young coach who still needs time to come into his own. (like Spo was when he took over in Miami)

  • davidR

    those nugget teams ran into the lakers and spurs every year in the first round

  • Ugh

    Agreed. His teams overacheive in the regular season. He has no ability to manage very talented players, he treats them like dirt and come crunch time they don’t trust him. He’s also terrible at playmaking,lso makes practically zero adjustments in a series – which is why he likes teams with as many offensive options as possible, because he has no go-to plans – and once the opposition find the Achilles heel of his team it’s over. He’s a rich man’s Don Nelson, playing ‘just basketball’ with ‘basketball players’. Doesn’t work in the NBA.

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, the Shock Exchange could have put a message in a bottle to Jayne and gotten a quicker response.

  • Jerry Alex

    and his love affair with Andre Miller that cost them oh so many games..

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Lmao I don’t care what anyone says shock you are one funny dude definitely one of the most interesting characters on here.

  • shockexchange

    Ha ha. Humor is a way of saying something serious. No?

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.


  • Joe

    If an old hag is out of your league your pathetic oh wait

  • shockexchange

    The conversation is referring to Jayne Kennedy when she was in her prime, but why let the facts get in the way of your argument?