Former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year after a season where he won 57 games and led his team to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, but that wasn’t enough to save his job. Karl was fired after there was not an agreement about a potential contract extension, and now he is sounding off on the Nuggets decision to let him go.
As you would expect, Karl is holding nothing back and he is not afraid to speak about how he feels with the team’s decision.
“[Team president] Josh [Kroenke] was nice and complimentary, said he’d honor my contract and the coaches. The conversation was on the decision, and I said, ‘I think I should tell you, I think it’s very stupid.’ And since then, I don’t understand it….
“I think it was a special season because of the connection this team has with each other and with the coaching staff and with the city. The fans like this team. The staff likes each other. And to blow up that connection is, in my opinion, extremely disrespectful to coaching.”
“We won 57 wins and are in a great place. Continuity, consistency, togetherness all are so much more valuable than they have on their priority list than playing JaVale McGee or the young players….
“And I never had a meeting where that disappointment, in that part of it, was voiced to me. I never had that meeting. I heard through whispers. I’m sorry that 57 wins doesn’t make you happy.”
Karl is just saying what many of us (and many of his players) are thinking.
It doesn’t seem right for a team to fire their head coach after the kind of season that Karl led them to, but it is part of the harsh reality of the sports world.
Don’t feel too bad for Karl, though. He shouldn’t be out of work for too much longer.