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George Karl out as Denver Nuggets Head Coach

The Nuggets have decided to part ways with George Karl.


Yahoo Sports is reporting that George Karl and the Denver Nuggets have agreed to part ways. Karl was looking for a contract extension and the Nuggets... Well they are reeling from losing their General Manager, Masai Ujiri, last week to the Toronto Raptors.

Karl has been linked to as a possible candidate for the vacant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets hadn't agreed to let the Clippers talk with him.

Now Karl will be able to interview wherever he likes.

Karl lead the Nuggets to a league best 38-3 home record, set a franchise win record with 57, secured a third seed, but eventually lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the first round of this years playoffs.

At 1,131-756, Karl has accumulated the sixth most wins as a head coach in NBA history, just 24 wins shy of Phil Jackson. He also has an 80-105 mark in the playoffs. The 80 wins is tied for 8th best all time along with former Sonics' coach, Lenny Wilkins. Only George Karl and former Jazz coach, Jerry Sloan, have 80 or more playoff wins, but zero championships.

Karl was 423-257 in the regular season with Denver, while going 21-39 in the playoffs.

He has also had 21 consecutive seasons of going over .500 in the regular, tied with Jackson for most in NBA history.

Update: Karl is expected to talk with the Memphis Grizzlies soon. The Grizzlies have him ranked #1 in their coaching search. Stu Lash is currently the Grizzlies Director of Player Personell and worked with George Karl in Denver for five years. Lash was scouting and video coordinator while with the Nuggets before being hired in January by the Grizzlies.