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Quite a few people were surprised by the Denver Nuggets' decision to fire George Karl on Thursday morning. Among those surprised by the decision to let go the same man who was named 2013's Coach of the Year just 29 days ago were several NBA players. Here is a look at some of the shocked tweets that were posted around the league after news came down about Denver's surprising decision:
So we lost a GM now a coach what's next!?
-- Kenneth Faried (@KennethFaried35) June 6, 2013 Faried was also referencing Nuggets ex-GM Masai Ujiri, who walked away from Denver to take a better-paying job with the Toronto Raptors. Here are some other surprised tweets from Faried's fellow Nuggets:
-- Quincy Miller (@qmillertime) June 6, 2013
In a text message, Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson said, "All of this is crazy and unexpected, don't know what to say."
-- Benjamin Hochman (@nuggetsnews) June 6, 2013
-- fournier evan (@EvanFourmizz) June 6, 2013 All of the above tweets are from or about current Nuggets players, but there was negative feedback from numerous others around the league as well:
Cant believe they firing these coaches like this
-- Brandon Rush (@BRush_4) June 6, 2013
You Win COY n get Fired???? #NobodySafe .
-- Jason Thompson (@jtthekid) June 6, 2013
wasn't George Karl, coach of the year??
-- Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) June 6, 2013
I can't believe the reigning coach of the year just got fired. Wow!!! #nba
-- Quentin Richardson (@QRich) June 6, 2013
I'm confused. Wasn't George Karl coach of the year this year??
-- Shelden Williams (@SheldenWilliams) June 6, 2013 The ever-gracious Karl took to Twitter himself to thank the city of Denver for all of the love it has showed him over the past nine seasons. Always a class act, Coach. Good luck with your next job.
I want to thank Nuggets fans for their support over the past 8 yrs. The karma on the street was incredible. Denver will always be home.
-- George Karl (@CoachKarl22) June 6, 2013
It's a sad day for me, my staff and my family. Difficult decision to understand but memories with the Nuggets are the best I've ever had.
-- George Karl (@CoachKarl22) June 6, 2013
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After leading the Nuggets to a 57-25 record and the 3rd seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, George Karl was named this season's NBA Coach of the Year. Today Denver decided to let go of Karl, despite one year remaining on his contract. From Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski:
Denver has parted ways with coach George Karl, league source tells Yahoo! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski...
When a team from the Association’s bench boss, becomes “NBA Coach Of The Year,” one would think that head coach would be rewarded by his franchise, perhaps with a bonus. To the surprise of many NBA observers, things did not work out that way in Denver, as the “Denver Post” reported the Nuggets announced on Friday, that they have fired veteran bench boss George Karl, weeks...
I'm not a Karl fan, but this move was surprising.
Coaching at the pro level is never easy. Just ask George Karl. He won this year’s NBA Coach of the Year award, but now he will be looking for a new gig. Today the Denver Nuggets announced that they fired Karl.
The Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke talked about why Karl was let go. He released a statement saying, “George has been an instrumental part of our success over the...
George Karl will not return as coach of the Denver Nuggets next season.
The team chose to part ways with Karl, who had one year left on his contract, on Wednesday. FOXSports.com's Bill Reiter confirmed the news through an NBA source.
Karl was reportedly pushing for a contract extension, but Nuggets ownership wasn't ready to give him one. Karl lost one of his biggest supporters...
A source close to George Karl tells FOX Sports that the former Denver Nuggets head coach has yet to talk to anyone associated with the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies or New Jersey Nets but speculated that the Clippers might be the most likely fit.
The source, who stressed it's too early in the process to make any hard proclamations about Karl's next job, also described...
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Denver Nuggets have fired the NBA’s Coach of the Year, George Karl. The team already plans to reach out to Memphis’ Lionel Hollins and Pacers assistant, Brian Shaw, to fill their vacancy, however, those candidates are also being pursued by the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets, who are now without the Executive...
Maybe Carmelo Anthony was right.
It has been a lot of fun to disparage Anthony over the last 2 1/3 years. While the gifted scorer has been mired somewhere just outside of real championship contention in a thin Eastern Conference, his former team, the Nuggets, has become a cause celebre among traditionalists for continuing to make playoff appearances without a bona fide superstar...
The Clippers appear to be moving forward in their search to find a new coach and are focusing on Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and George Karl, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Hollins, whose contract with the Memphis Grizzlies expires June 30, had a lengthy telephone conversation Thursday with Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president...
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