Did George Karl deserve another vote of confidence and the chance to coach the Nuggets for one more year?
"Call him Curious George, because he's continually searching for a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."
"Miller, for all his veteran savvy, can be a liability on both ends of the floor. The 37 year old slows down the speedy Nuggets, which often derails George Karl’s game script.
More minutes for Fournier means fewer minutes for Miller, who at this point in his career is more effective in a limited role."
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"The wonderful thing about sports is that anything can happen. Denver has been spoiled by the most unlikely of playoff runs in recent years – examples: Rocktober and Tebow Magic. And this year’s Nuggets squad seems poised to execute their playoff demons of past years and make a run."
"Sadly, the great promise this circumstance should have offered Nuggets fans is going unfulfilled. Our expectation was that the demise of mighty LA would leave a void that would be filled by our team. Instead, the Nuggets have failed to rise beyond their usual middling status."
"If" only they didn't have to travel so much.
"If" they made more free throws.
"If"just a couple of their 22 three-pointers dropped.
"If" they played better defense.
"If" Ty were playing more aggressively.
"If" JaVale's game matured.
"If" the Nuggets stopped making excuses and decided that they were not going to accept mediocrity, how much better might they be? We may never know. With George Karl the "Ifs" just keep on coming.
His excuses after losses are becoming harder and harder to swallow. There might not be a coach in the NBA as supportive of lackluster effort than he is. Karl's approach is to always leave his team an out. He may be a legendary coach, and Denver's best option right now, but this terrible case of the "Ifs" that he's suffering from is catching - and his team - our team - is infected.
Last night the Nuggets took horrible shooting to a historic new extreme, scoring only one basket from outside the immediate vicinity of the basket. Shot after shot after shot doinked off the rims and sailed into the waiting hands of Blazers defenders.
Somehow the Nuggets stayed in the game, which should be a concern to Portland's coaches, but with 66 points worth of wasted effort from beyond the arc, Denver fell short. The Nuggets remain over .500 despite having played an arduous schedule. They can hold their heads high heading into January when everybody expects things to turn around. If, however, a softer schedule and more nights sleeping in their own beds, is not enough to improve their winning pace - if the "Ifs" continue - it will be time to begin a coaching search.
Karl is an apologist. He must demand more. And Nuggets fans must demand more from him before their expectations conform to his.
"The best team in basketball is winning with George Karl’s trash. For New York, it’s about JR’s upside. He has been New York’s undisputed closer over the past several games, draining sick last-second baskets. The Knicks are 14-4 and Smith is one of their best players. It turns out that he’s a fit."
(Photo Denver Post, Hyoung Chang)
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