NBA Coach of the Year and recently fired Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl has gone on record with his feelings about his dismissal. Karl was reportedly at odds with management over wins vs. player development. The player in question was JaVale McGee. Karl felt McGee wasn’t ready to start while management believes he should’ve been on the court.
Check out Karl’s blast of Denver management:
On his conversation with team president Josh Kroenke upon being fired: “Josh was nice and complimentary, said he’d honor my contract and the coaches. The conversation was on the decision, and I said, ‘I think I should tell you, I think it’s very stupid.’ And since then, I don’t understand it….
“I think it was a special season because of the connection this team has with each other and with the coaching staff and with the city. The fans like this team. The staff likes each other. And to blow up that connection is, in my opinion, extremely disrespectful to coaching.”
On playing JaVale McGee and his rotations:
“We won 57 wins and are in a great place. Continuity, consistency, togetherness all are so much more valuable than they have on their priority list than playing JaVale McGee or the young players….
“And I never had a meeting where that disappointment (about the rotations), in that part of it, was voiced to me. I never had that meeting. I heard through whispers. I’m sorry that 57 wins doesn’t make you happy.”
Well there you go. Karl is set to interview with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.