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Former Sonics coach George Karl out in Denver

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Former Sonics coach George Karl out in Denver

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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