Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Karl, Nuggets make decision to part ways

DENVER — George Karl is out as Nuggets coach less than a month after being named the NBA's coach of the year, the team announced Thursday.

Karl led Denver to playoff berths in all nine of his seasons. His 423 wins trail only Doug Moe's 432 in team history. But it advanced out of the first round just once (2008-09 West final). This season, the Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games but lost to the No. 6-seeded Warriors.

Denver also has lost general manager Masai Ujiri, who took the same job with Toronto this week.

Karl, who had a year left on his contract, did not respond to calls or emails but thanked fans via Twitter.

Recent reports said the Clippers might be interested in Karl for their vacancy. The Nets and 76ers also have openings. And the Grizzlies have given coach Lionel Hollins permission to speak with other teams.

"George has been an instrumental part of our success over the past decade," president Josh Kroenke said in a statement released by the team. "We appreciate everything he did to keep us among the top teams in the Western Conference."

Flopping: Commissioner David Stern said penalties aren't strong enough to stop flopping but doesn't know if they will be strengthened. The league implemented a system this season to crack down on exaggerating contact to fool referees, including a $5,000 fine for a second offense in the regular season and $5,000 fine for a first in the playoffs. There were 19 warnings and five fines in the regular season. Six players, including LeBron James, have been fined in the playoffs. "You're not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player's salary is $5.5 million," Stern said. "Anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason."

Replay: The league said it is examining ways to streamline the process in hopes of cutting down on the delays caused when officials go to the sideline to look at a call. One option, it said, is a system similar to the NHL's in which officials at an off-site control room look at plays.

Toronto name change? Toronto team president Tim Leiweke said the organization is considering dropping the name Raptors. There is no timetable for a decision.

Karl, Nuggets make decision to part ways 06/06/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Sorry, Nebraska, Scott Frost appears interested in staying at UCF

    College
    Scott Frost has UCF undefeated with an important game at Navy next. [Getty Images]
  2. Tampa Bay Downs full of high-paying races this season

    Parimutuels

    OLDSMAR — Tampa Bay Downs is green like never before.

  3. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  4. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.