Get a team to the playoffs as the third seed with NO ALL STAR, and guess what you find yourself out of a job. All the health issue George Karl has endured and still gets the strength to get this Denver Nuggets team, who I could hardly name two or three of the starting five, and they compete in the loaded Western Conference. Isn’t that amazing how quickly you could go from a job to a job? I know Dan Dakich has said on his radio show here in town, coaches are just waiting for their firing day. What a sad career arch that can be? I mean how often is it that a coach can ACTUALLY leave on their own terms? And why in the world wouldn’t Denver want to pay Karl the money to stay on as coach? He’s always shown what he can do when he’s got to a team.
I guess it’s all about that long term future, but then again, watch the Nuggets hire Lionel Hollins if the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t going to pony up and pay him. That could be it’s own other article post. Just a shame that coaches get shipped out without much anything anymore. George Karl really made a winner out of that Denver team, who probably could have competed more so in the West if it wasn’t for an injury at the end. They were one of those sleeper picks, but ultimately lost in the first round.
This coaching carousel will find it’s way around for Karl to end up with another job I believe. There’s the Los Angeles Clippers position, but that’s probably dependent on what Chris Paul wants. Yet another article that could come up about how players are influencing coach changes anymore. The NBA has always been about the players, but anymore, it’s huge how much players control things in the coaching realm of things. There’s the Brooklyn Nets job, who had their eye on Brian Shaw. But now Shaw has been contacted by….the Denver Nuggets. So Karl could end up with the Nets. I just don’t know how a good fit he would be for them. I think the Nets really want a big name, and while Karl has been good, he’s not that big name. Probably another reason why he wouldn’t be in Los Angeles. I think some team that has younger guys that would buy into George Karl is the best fit. Or maybe at this point, he just calls it a day. That almost feels like the best option. He’s earned his keep through coaching, and I think it would be fine if Karl just rode off into the sunset after this latest tenure. Coaches love to coach though. Who knows really where he ends up?
Any thoughts on a landing spot for George Karl?