Despite winning Coach of the Year honors last season, George Karl had quite an ugly end to his tenure in Denver which concluded in a firing after a playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors.
During the series, Jackson said he had ‘inside information’ that suggested the Nuggets didn’t like Golden State’s brand of basketball. Jackson refused to reveal his source, though Karl has no questions that it was Iguodala feeding the information.
The veteran swingman of course left Denver for Golden State in free agency this past offseason:
Q: Do you think Andre Iguodala was Mark Jackson’s “mole”?
A: No question.
Q: Does that bug you?
A: I just think that’s media hype. I mean, that series was not a physical series. Everybody wants to be more aggressive with the guy kicking your ass, so . . . .
Q: The media didn’t say it. Jackson said it.
A: I thought Mark had a lot of tricks in that series that were bush- . . . I don’t know. I don’t know what they were. Almost high-schoolish. They were beneath the NBA level. And they might have worked. They might have motivated his young team in a good way. You know, he’d announce a starting lineup and start another guy. C’mon, man. You think we’re not ready for that?
Pretty bold words from Karl, who is essentially questioning the character of Iguodala.