George Karl won 57 games and the Coach of the Year Award last season with the Denver Nuggets, but found himself without a job after they got knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Karl now works at ESPN, and he will have to wait to coach again. He spoke to the Boston Globe about how it all went down:
“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.”
It’s good to see that he has moved on. George Karl is one of my favorite people out there. He beat throat cancer, and has been an advocate for that, he is one of the most honest people you will ever see, and he is a great basketball mind. He will find a coaching gig soon, and when he does, he will elevate the team he goes too.