May 1, 2012 |
Nothing in the NBA playoffs is certain except griping about the officiating and then backtracking about it. Soon after Lakers center Andrew Bynum dropped a triple-double in the Lakers' 103-88 Game 1 win Sunday over Denver, Nuggets Coach George Karl contended that "he was playing nice illegal defense," that 30 instances went uncalled. The argument sparked amusement from Bynum, Kobe Bryant and Coach Mike Brown, who contended again Tuesday that Karl is "doing what a lot of coaches do. " Before Game 2, however, Karl suddenly didn't consider it a big deal.
October 16, 2010 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak watched an old friend walk toward him Saturday night, but just stared for a moment when he got there. His friend didn't look like he remembered him, at least not in the body. "The face looks like George," Kupchak said. Much of the rest doesn't. George Karl, the Denver Nuggets' coach, underwent treatment for a form of neck and throat cancer in the off-season, and has lost about 50 pounds. "I haven't found many suits that fit me, I know that," Karl said.
April 30, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman examines George Karl's contention that Andrew Bynum played plenty of illegal defense in the Lakers' 103-88 win Sunday over the Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits Bynum's defensive effort for leading the Lakers to victory. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers' success will depend on their defense. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Bynum's block party.
April 28, 2012 |
The Denver Nuggets arrived in Los Angeles facing a 3-0 deficit, an odd spot to be in before a playoff opener. That's the discrepancy in star power between the Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol and the Nuggets of zero players likely to get into Staples Center without ID on Sunday before Game 1 of the first-round series. Bryant, Bynum and Gasol have each won multiple NBA championships. No Nugget has even reached the Finals. Bryant was the league's most valuable player in 2008, and Bynum and Gasol have been All-Stars.
June 6, 2013 |
In another bizarre twist for the Denver Nuggets, they have reportedly fired George Karl after the NBA's coach of the year had asked the team about extending his contract past next season. This gives the Nuggets a second vacancy after General Manager Masai Ujiri, the NBA's executive of the year, recently departed for Toronto. Nuggets President Josh Kroenke told the Denver Post that because of the uncertainty with Karl's contract situation and Karl's possible interest in the Clippers' coaching opening, Kroenke wanted to start anew with another coach.
May 8, 2013 |
George Karl led the Denver Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins without a big name on his roster. For that endeavor, Karl earned the NBA's Coach of the Year award on Wednesday. He received 62 first-place votes, followed by Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat with 24 votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. New York's Mike Woodson finished third and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich , who won the award last season, was fourth. The Nuggets were 57-25 -- the league's fourth-best record -- and captured the No. 3 seeding in the Western Conference.