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Over the past eight and a half years, every now and then some Denver Nuggets fans or media members would start a little uprising calling for George Karl to be fired as the Nuggets’ head coach.
I never really bought into those theories. I shrugged and thought Karl was a fine coach, but not the reason the Nuggets weren’t advancing in the playoffs.
This is Karl’s ninth season in Denver. His teams have made the playoffs nine times. They’ve advanced past the first round once. That won’t be changing this year unless the Nugs win three in a row against Golden State beginning tonight. To put it mildly, that seems unlikely.
This off-season is the time to fire George Karl.
Heading into the playoffs, things were different this year.
This isn’t the Nuggets as a 7-seed trying to pull off an upset like in many previous seasons. The Nuggets were heavily favored to win this series. The Nuggets have the all-important home court advantage. This team won 57 (fifty-seven!) regular season games.
Including tonight, the Nuggets have been favored in Vegas in all five games. It looks like they’ll lose the series in five or six games, but keep in mind they’re one Andre Miller layup away from getting swept.
The Nuggets’ performance in these playoffs is an enormous underachievement.
Denver is without Danilo Gallinari, which I predicted would be a huge blow in the playoffs, but Golden State is without their all-star. David Lee going down allowed Mark Jackson to tinker with his lineup– going small by starting three guards– and in doing so, badly outcoach Karl.
This isn’t the Broncos losing a somewhat flukey game to the eventual champion. This is one of the best Nuggets teams ever getting blown-the-hell-out by a mediocre team in the first round.
The system that’s in place is not working. Eventually the organization has to try something new. Why not? What’s at risk aside from another few years of first-round exits?
This team is talented enough and young enough to make the playoffs by sleepwalking through the regular season over the next few years. When the regular season ends is when they need some fresh thinking and a new outlook.
At this point, we know who George Karl is. It is not unfair to label him as a successful regular-season coach who can’t win in the playoffs. He’s a perennial underachiever He’s a coach that loses in the first round.
And year after year, season after season, what is the point of that?
Feel free to comment at the bottom of this story if you think I’m wrong about GK, or preferably, if you think I’m right.
It was an eventful few days for the Avalanche. They finally had their nightmare of a season come to an end. Then they fire Joe Sacco (to the surprise of no one. It will be more interesting to see if they shake up the front office as well). Then they won the draft lottery. They’re expected to pick Seth Jones, which is a cool story.
The Rockies continue to play well, but the big story from the past week was the call-up of Nolan Arenado, who started at third base Sunday in the most anticipated Rockies debut in years. If you follow the Rockies, you’ve been hearing about this kid for some time. He went 0-3 with a walk on Sunday, but went 3-6 with a 2-run homer last night. His family and friends had almost a whole section to themselves and they kind of went nuts in what was a pretty cool moment. If Arenado can provide some pop and Helton comes back soon, it could make the Rockies lineup ridiculous. Like, best-in-baseball ridiculous.
The Sports Pickle compiled a handful of old newspaper articles praising horrible draft picks. This essentially explains my position on why analyzing the NFL Draft is just a really stupid and pointless thing to do.
Frank Caliendo can get old in a hurry, but anyone making fun of Mel Kiper Jr. is all right with me.
I don’t know why I found this to be so funny, but I was pretty much crying uncontrollably throughout.
I suppose the 3 million views in three days means I’m not alone.
We lost a legend on Friday. George Jones was one of the greats and a personal favorite of mine. (Yeah, I like that kind of music.) Here he his with his first hit in 1959. (Just look at that flat-top!)
He lived one wild life and there’s a lot in this NYT obituary you didn’t know.
The guy who was carjacked by the alleged Boston bombers talked to the Boston Globe. This is just a gripping, fascinating, incredible story.
And finally, well, I’ll let you piece together the details of this episode. The world needs more people like this.
Happy Tuesday everybody. See you next week.
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