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Adrian Dantley will not return to the Nuggets because of a chair

Jun 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

George Karl AP

This is a pretty stupid thing to have happen. Adrian Dantley was the coach who helped the Nuggets weather the storm when George Karl left for treatment for throat cancer. He’s a Hall of Famer who played 14 years in the NBA. And the Nuggets essentially fired him over a chair.

Dantley confirmed to Chris Tommasson of DenverStiffs.com a New York Post report that his contract would not be renewed. Dantley told the SBNation Denver blog that he was was “fired” because he refused to rotate seats on the bench. Other assistants who sit in the second row wanted to rotate to the front seats including one held by Dantley, and he refused. So now the Nuggets lost an extremely capable assistant head coach.

That’s pretty ridiculous.

While it’s true that if asked, Dantley should have conceded because George Karl is his boss and you can’t undermine your boss, part of the process of management is handling conflicts like this. Add a few more seats. Throw off a Gatorade jug. Something. But there’s no reason this should have come to this point.

But the result is the same. Dantley should get picked up somewhere else this offseason. Hopefully they have enough seats.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Raiders @ Broncos Week 1 Monday Night Football 2011.

    I’m not Afraid – Eminem.

    • downtowndanny - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      if there is a week 1 in 2011

  2. goforthanddie - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Another case where “keeping it real” didn’t pay off.

  3. rushbacker - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Come on now. It seems HIGHLY likely that something further was in play. If that’s not an excuse, then I’ve never heard one.

  4. tubal22 - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    He wasn’t fired. His contract wasn’t renewed. And after that debacle in the 2010 playoffs against the jazz when his players quit on him, I don’t blame them.

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Last time I checked…nobody outside of my 6 year old sister cares to play musical chairs anymore. …

  6. efueshe - Jun 26, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Here I am thinking the most ridiculous thing that would happen this week would be my beloved Ron Artest changing his name to Metta World Peace… should have known better…

  7. thetooloftools - Jun 26, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    What the -uck is this…. high school concert band ?

  8. gregjennings85 - Jun 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    AD, welcome to Milwaukee.

  9. zackd2 - Jun 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Problems in Denver? BLAME MELO!

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