After leading the Denver Nuggets to 57 wins, the third seed in the West Conference, and winning Coach of the Year, George Karl was unceremoniously fired by the Nuggets of the summer. One would think that NBA teams would be chomping at the bit to hire Karl, but he was unable to find a NBA coaching.
So Karl will spend the upcoming season as a NBA analyst for ESPN. Karl told the Boston Globe that he was amazed at how quickly he accepted what happened in Denver. But he’s still very much angry and frustrated about how it 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.”
A year away from coaching may just do Karl some good. And if he isn’t on a NBA bench next season, then multiple GMs have made a mistake.