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  1. George Karl unloads on Denver for firing him

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    George Karl

    Denver won 57 games, were the three seed in the West, and go into next season with one of the most promising young rosters in the league. Things are looking up. Because he’d helped construct a balanced, attacking, up-tempo system and team out of the parts that came back in the Carmelo Anthony trade, George…

  2. Karl being out in Denver shakes up coaching hire carousel

    Jun 6, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    18th Annual ESPY Awards - Show

    Of the 16 teams that made the NBA playoffs, it appears six of them will be changing coaches this season. That includes one of the final four (Memphis, unless there is a change of heart and they re-sign Hollins). If Memphis does make a change, that will be 11 teams total making a move, tying…

  3. The time George Karl decided to float a crazy trade rumor just because

    Feb 10, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    George Karl

    It’s my annual warning this time of year — when you hear a trade rumor think, “which team would benefit from that going public?” Usually that will lead you to where it was leaked. And no team is going to make a trade unless it benefits them — both sides need to see it as…

  4. Report: Denver contract extension talks with Lawson slow

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    Ty Lawson was one member of the draft class of 2009 contract where a contract extension was thought to be a lock. The two sides were talking and the assumption around the league has been that the Nuggets would not let the speedy young point guard that seems born to run George Karl’s offense go.…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    Last season: The Nuggets continue to out-perform expectations while never really accomplishing anything of note. They battled through all the roster turnover from one year to the next and a slew of quietly really damaging injuries to land the sixth seed last season after a hot start. Danilo Gallinari suffered two significant injuries that severely…

  6. Karl on Lakers/Thunder dominance — that’s summer talk.

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The general consensus — and you can throw me in with the majority here — is that the race in the West is for third. Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to battle it out for the top two seeds in the regular season, then they are going to meet in the…

  7. George Karl thinks NBA would be better with shorter season

    Sep 24, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    When the NBA started up on Christmas Day last year, more than one person I know — some friends who are more casual NBA fans, some people within the sports media industry — told me they liked the NBA season starting later. George Karl is with them. In an article at NBA.com article by Steve…

  8. Kenyon Martin talks about George Karl talking too much

    Feb 19, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    For seven years, Kenyon Martin was a Nugget. For six of those, George Karl was his coach — and those were some pretty good Nuggets teams. But you don’t have to like someone to work with them. Martin and Karl are not on each other’s Christmas card list. Karl has remarked multiple times about how…

  9. Blake Griffin reminds George Karl of Shawn Kemp

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

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    Reign Man II? It’s hard to come up with a good historic comparison for Blake Griffin, because that combination of size and athleticism just do not come along very often. If ever. But Nuggets coach George Karl had one that I liked — Shawn Kemp. Here’s his quote via the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve talked…

  10. George Karl says Ginobili, Ben Wallace are NBA’s Tebows

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    In Denver, it is all Tim Tebow all the time. The entire NBA seems that way lately (which is better than the all Brett Favre all the time era, I guess). So at media day we should have known that Denver coach George Karl would get a Tebow question — who is the Tim Tebow…

  11. J.R. Smith’s demands have Chinese team frustrated

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    Somewhere, George Karl is just nodding along silently. Not his problem anymore. J.R. Smith was back on the floor with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, the team he inked a $3 million deal to play for through the full season into next March. But he is getting much more than just that salary, there are a…

  12. Jordan Hamilton mistakenly thinks he can lead all rookies in scoring

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Jordan Hamilton

    I love Jordan Hamilton’s confidence. Not sure he’s very familiar with the coach and situation he will find himself in once the lockout ends, but love that confidence. Don’t ever lose that. The first-round draft pick out of Texas finds himself in Denver and sounds as sure of himself as ever — particularly his ability…

  13. The long, strange trip of Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 17, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton

    From our “if you’re going to read one thing today” file… There is a fascinating profile of newly-minted Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis over at Grantland. Another fine bit of work by Jonathan Abrams. Sabonis is more of a mythical player here in the United States — we’ve heard of the legend of his greatness,…

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

    Jun 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    George Karl

    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…

  15. George Karl feels pretty good about the odds of Nene returning

    May 29, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Nene

    The Denver Nuggets have a lot of offseason work to do. They have a lot of expiring contracts at key positions, they have positional logjams to sort out in advance of future draft picks they acquired in the Melo trade, and have to figure out what their identity going forward is. Top of that list,…

  16. NBA admits officials blew it, but that won’t help Denver now

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    George Karl

    One day after a Kendrick Perkins tip in ended up being a key part of Oklahoma City’s win over Denver, the league has admitted the referees blew it. Never should have counted. I’m sure that makes George Karl feel so much better. You can see the video here, but let us set the stage: The…

  17. Karl says Nuggets would rather face Mavericks than Thunder in first round

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Coaches and players almost never stray from the “I don’t care who we face in the playoffs, it’s about us doing our thing” mantra. Which is a load of fertilizer, by the way — they all know the playoffs are about matchups and they want to get the more favorable ones. They just won’t talk…

  18. ‘Melo says Knicks defensive schemes holding team back. Riiiight.

    Mar 17, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nobody is question that the Knicks defense has struggled since the trade. Not even the Knicks. But Carmelo Anthony has figured out the problem — it’s the coach’s fault. Well, that’s not exactly what he told the New York Post (via Slam), he blamed the…

  19. ‘Melo wants you to know he is too a team player

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s been pretty hard to miss the glee coming out of the Rocky Mountains — Denver is 8-2 since the Carmelo Anthony trade and they are all too happy to tell you about how they are more of a team, how they are playing defense, how the sun shine feels warmer and how the bluebird…

  20. George Karl agrees to contract extension with Denver

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    18th Annual ESPY Awards - Show

    We told you it was close last week, and apparently now close is a reality. George Karl has agreed to a three-year extension with the Denver Nuggets, according to a tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN. The team has an option for a fourth year, Ken Berger of CBSSports adds. To get an idea just…

  21. Report: George Karl close to three year extension with Denver

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Have you seen Denver play? Since the trade that was supposed to be the death of the franchise sending it back to the stone ages of rebuilding, I mean? They’re good. They get after it defensively, they have some balance and a real energy. They’re not contending but they are going to push somebody in…

  22. George Karl calls Carmelo bad at defense, Carmelo is unhappy

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    In an interview taped before last night’s Celtics/Nuggets game on TNT, George Karl was enthusiastic about how the new-look Nuggets would be playing defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on the defensive end. Anthony apparently noticed, and tweeted the following last night: Damn, are u serious. Some people never…

  23. Report: Nuggets coach George Karl likes the Knicks deal best

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Coaches often make the worst general managers. They are notoriously bad at structuring trades. Coaches fall in love with players they think give them the best chance of winning right now. GM’s need to think big picture. So not all that surprising that while the Nuggets brass prefers the promise of Derrick Favors and picks…

  24. George Karl thinks ‘Melo could be a Nugget all season

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

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    Maybe this is just wishful thinking — if you’re a coach, you don’t want to lose your best scorer, you don’t want to embark on a rebuilding project. So you hope and convince yourself…. George Karl thinks Carmelo Anthony could be a Nugget through the end of the season, as he told the Associated Press.…

  25. George Karl calls ‘Melo “distracted” during practice. Can’t imagine why.

    Jan 18, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    At some point, all of the insanity surrounding Carmelo Anthony and his  proposed trade had to catch up with him. That point may have been today. Nuggets coach George Karl called Anthony “very distracted” during today’s practice, reports Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. “If Melo plays distracted, I can’t play him as many minutes,” Karl, whose…

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