From NBA.com staff reports
Days after seeing their Executive of the Year, general manager Masai Ujiri, depart Denver for the same job with Toronto, the Nuggets have parted ways with their coach as well.
Karl becomes the first coach since Pat Riley (1989-90) and Dolph Schayes before him (1965-66) to win Coach of the Year and then not return to coach that same team the following season. Additionally, Karl has finished a season 22 times and has been fired twice during a season. He’s made the playoffs (with five different teams) in 21 of those 22 full seasons.
Shortly after the news of Karl’s ouster broke, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried took to Twitter to voice his thoughts on the team’s recent front-office moves:
As the Heat and Spurs ready for Game 1 of The Finals in Miami, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Karl’s departure and had the following to say about the high turnover of late among NBA coaches:
“It’s pretty obvious. It speaks for itself. It’s a pretty volatile job, to be a head coach in the NBA. Nobody makes us do it,” Popovich said. “But if you’ve got a job in the NBA, you know it’s pretty volatile. It’s just a fact: Grass is green and the sky is blue, and that’s the way it is.
“That’s a huge surprise. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not true. That’s the first I’ve heard of [Karl’s dismissal].
“But he’s an all-time great head coach, so I don’t know how you could do much better. But I don’t know the circumstances, so I’m not going to say anything else besides that. “
Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets may already have their eye on two high-profile names to fill Karl’s now-vacant seat:
UPDATE, 11:58 a.m. ET: Nuggets confirm parting ways with Karl