Huh? What? Really? From Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Denver Nuggets have fired coach George Karl, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
With one year left on his contract, Karl was pushing for a contract extension and ownership was unwilling to make the commitment. With a sense that Denver could be facing a year of acrimony with the 2012-’13 NBA Coach of the Year, CEO Josh Kroenke decided to part ways with Karl.
For Kroenke, this was a bold move for the franchise, but multiple sources said that Karl had been so unhappy about going into the final year of his contract without a new deal that things could’ve become untenable with him.
So, since April 6 of this year, the Nuggets have lost one of their best players to an ACL injury, a first round playoff series that they were favored to win, the reigning Executive of the Year and the reigning Coach of the Year. Pretty rough couple of months, especially coming on the heels of their most successful regular season since joining the NBA. Cruel summer.
Need something from Portland? Better hurry, because things are moving fast in Rip City.
From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Portland Trail Blazers have fired coach Nate McMillan, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
McMillan’s dismissal comes one day after the Blazers suffered a 42-point loss to the New York Knicks and on the same day they traded forward Gerald Wallace and center Marcus Camby. After a strong start to the season, Portland has lost seven of its past nine games.
Your new Trail Blazers coach is a guy named Kaleb Canales, who is not a delicious creme-filled dessert. Portland is totally committed to rebuilding, struggling mightily and had turned on McMillan, so his ouster isn’t surprising.
I’m just hoping they put some of those red alternate shorts on clearance because I could use a cheap pair of jammies.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowksi has the details:
Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
D’Antoni and Knicks owner James Dolan agreed on Wednesday to end his three-plus-years run as Knicks coach, a source said. “It was a mutual decision to no longer coach the Knicks … conflicting visions of the club’s future,” the source said.
The “conflicting visions of the club’s future” include but are not limited to:
- whether or not Carmelo Anthony should get the ball all the time;
- whether or not black trim should stay on the Knicks’ shorts;
- whether or not the team should start taking games seriously;
- whether or not Amar’e Stoudemire looks good in hats;
- whether or not Mike D’Antoni should remain employed.
As you can see, the two parties’ differences on these issues is insurmountable, so D’Antoni had to “resign.” Now Mike Woodson’s goatee takes over as interim coach and the Knicks continue being the same old dysfunctional Knicks. Same as it ever was.
Hand it over, Paul — we’ve got our second canned coach of this shortened season!
The Washington Wizards have fired head coach Flip Saunders, our main man Woj is reporting.
The Wizards came out of this summer’s NBA lockout by losing the first eight games of the regular season. After Monday night’s ugly loss in Philly, the Wiz are a league-worst 2-15. One guy on Twitter says something may have happened between Nick Young and Flip at halftime, but who really knows, and, honestly, who cares?
You’re free, Flip! Run!
Had to bring back the ol’ BDL pink slip gag, folks. No choice. Get it on.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Paul Westphal, cutting ties after two-plus seasons amid a slow start and an overblown dispute with young, temperamental center DeMarcus Cousins.
Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie made the announcement ahead of the team’s home game against Milwaukee today.
Here’s what “The Dish” had to say in the Kings’ press release (via Sactown Royalty):
“I want to thank Paul for all of his effort on behalf of the Kings. Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team has not approached what we felt was reasonable to expect. I wish him — and his goatee’d alter-ego, ‘Evil Paul Westphal’ — the best in their future endeavors.”
Assistant coach Keith Smart, let go by the Golden State Warriors after one season this summer, will serve as head coach versus the Bucks. No word yet on whether Smart has facial hair. Stay tuned.