The Denver Nuggets let go of George Karl after a 57 win, coach of the year season. This comes only a few days after letting go of the executive of the year in Masai Ujiri. Adrian Wojnarowski reported they let Karl go:
Karl will not be brought back for the final year of his contract, source tells Y! Sports. He was informed this morning.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 6, 2013
This was a very, very bold move by the Nuggets. They have a very flawed roster that very few coaches outside of George Karl can coach. They feel that they can find a better coach than Karl, but that is going to be very hard in today’s NBA.
There are a lot of good coaches but they are hard to get a hold of. Most of the young innovative assistants have been taken off of the board already. A coach like Brian Shaw is still available, but you already missed out on Mike Malone and Mike Budenholzer.
The Nuggets obviously have a plan that they’d like to follow, but I’m not really sure what that is at this point. There’s no guarantee that you will find a coach better than Karl. If you don’t then you’ll just be taking a step backwards.