Well here’s a crazy Thursday surprise. We heard rumors earlier, but it has been confirmed. The Nuggets have fired the Coach of The Year, George Karl. Details after the jump…
NBA Coach of the Year George Karl won’t return to the Denver Nuggets next season, team president Josh Kroenke confirmed in an email to The Associated Press.
Karl, who is in the final year of his contract, wanted to extend his deal but the Nuggets balked at the request, Yahoo! Sports reported, citing a league source.
NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com that the Memphis Grizzlies – who are still deciding whether or not to bring back Lionel Hollins — will definitely discuss their job with Karl now that he’s available.
One of the newest members of the Grizzlies’ front office — Stu Lash — worked with Karl in Denver.
Sources said that the Nuggets, furthermore, have interest in pursuing Hollins, who just led the Grizzlies to 56 wins and the first conference finals berth in franchise history.
The Grizzlies, sources say, have current Memphis assistant coach Dave Jorger and Karl at the top of their list should they part ways with Hollins.