Tony Jones: George Karl proves prophetic after bungling Nuggets' latest firing – Salt Lake Tribune
“I think I should tell you, I think it’s very stupid.” Those were his words to Kroenke, via Sports Illustrated, following his firing.
Now, does it surprise you one bit that Karl’s thought’s have proved to be prophetic? Because they have. While Karl has moved on and is now the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings, the Denver Nuggets are a laughingstock. They are the one of the worst teams in the NBA, and there doesn’t seem to be much upside to their situation.
The Nuggets just fired Brian Shaw. It was a move that needed to be done, because it was obvious that the players had quit on him, and it was obvious Shaw wasn’t getting through to the players.
Now, Denver is back to square one. They have few assets other than point guard Ty Lawson. They reside in a division that next year could be one of the best in the league. Why? Well, we all know that the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers will be yearly playoff contenders. But the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves are both bursting with young talent, both have potential superstars (Rudy Gobert and Andrew Wiggins), and both look to be much-improved next season.
So Denver is without a head coach, without star power through its roster, in a loaded division and seemingly without direction. The front office fired Karl because of perceived playoff failures. And while the Nuggets made it to the Western Conference finals just once between 2005 and 2013 with teams led by Carmelo Anthony, they still were a 50-win franchise with consistency.
Now, a few years later, they are a doormat. They won’t come close to approaching the postseason, and it appears Karl is worthy of having the last laugh.
There appears to be a nice lesson to be had, here. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The Nuggets’ front office could’ve done a number of things. They could’ve continued to upgrade the roster, while working with Karl. They could’ve continued to show patience.
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