Surprising news from the NBA on Thursday, as the Denver Nuggets and head coach George Karl have parted ways. Karl, who had one year remaining on his contract, was the NBA’ top coach in 2012-13 after leading the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins, a league-best 38-3 mark at home and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. However, Denver was ousted in the first round of the playoffs by Golden State in six games.
Karl joined Denver in January 2005 and guided the Nuggets to a record of 423-257 with playoff appearances in each of his nine seasons, but the team was eliminated in the first round eight times.
Karl began his long coaching career at age 33 in 1984-85 with Cleveland and has also been at the helm for Golden State, Seattle and Milwaukee in addition to his tenure in Denver.
In 1,887 games, he owns a record of 1,131-756 during the regular season. He is just 80-105 in the playoffs with 14 first-round exits in 22 appearances, and made his lone trip to the NBA Finals with Seattle in the spring of 1996.
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