George Karl scoffs at the notion that a team needs a superstar to be successful.
The Denver Nuggets' coach would be more than satisfied if the organization manages to retain guard Arron Afflalo after agreeing to a five-year deal with Brazilian center Nene on Tuesday night.
Regardless, Karl insists this roster already is a sleeping giant, even if no one will take the Nuggets seriously.
Sort of like last season.
The Nuggets didn't miss a beat after dealing All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal last February, going 18-7 the rest of the way to once again make the playoffs. The squad didn't have a bona fide star, yet still threw a scare at Oklahoma City in the first round before being eliminated.
Karl believes this team can be just as accomplished, especially with a full camp together.
Well, an abbreviated one anyway, given the late start due to the lockout.
''The best team wins championships,'' Karl said after practice T...