George Karl and the Denver Nuggets part ways

The Denver Nuggets will not bring back head coach George Karl for the final year of his contract.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Karl was pushing for a contract extension, but ownership decided it would be best to go in another direction rather than deal with an unhappy George Karl for an entire season.

Karl was named Coach of the Year this past season and led the Nuggets to the third seed in a stacked Western Conference. Without the injury to Danilo Gallinari, the Nuggets may have been able to take down the Golden State Warriors, and Karl may still be the Nuggets’ head coach.

But Karl would have probably had to make the Western Conference Finals to remain the Nuggets coach. Despite his .622 winning percentage (423-257) with the Nuggets, according Basketball-Reference, since joining Denver in 2004, Karl is 21-42 in the playoffs, advancing past the first-round once (2008, when the Nuggets made the West Finals).

Karl will attract a lot of interest from other teams, particularly the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, and expect the Nuggets to ask for permission to speak to Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins.

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