The Denver Nuggets, possibly one of the most exciting teams to watch in the playoffs this year, are seemingly falling apart.
The Nuggets leadership is dissolving before our very eyes and clearly having its affect on Denver’s players, as can be seen from Thursday’s quote from Kenneth Faried.
Denver began the offseason by giving permission to the Toronto Raptors to negotiate with general manager and the 2013 Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri. That decision ultimately led to him leaving after three years as GM.
He rejoins the Raptors, who gave him his first front office opportunity—having plucked him away from Denver, where he served as an international scout for four years, to be their director of international scouting before being elevated to assistant general manager.
Now, the Nuggets are also without a coach.
After a year in which he was finally honored as the Coach of the Year, George Karl has been released from his contract.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Karl—who was entering the final year of his deal—was pushing for a contract extension. However, with Ujiri no longer in the fold, Karl was having to negotiate with Denver’s ownership.
Needless to say, those negotiations didn’t go over too well.
Team ownership probably wasn’t too fond of his recent playoff history, considering his team has only made it out of the first round just once in the past ten seasons. Let’s not fail to mention his underwhelming career playoff win percentage (43.2 percent).
As the Denver Post reported on Sunday, the Nuggets may be considering Pete D’Alessandro—former GM Masai Ujiri’s top assistant—as their next general manager. The Post expects the Nuggets to make a decision on their GM vacancy before the end of the month.
They may need to move even quicker if they hope to get a good coach to fill Karl’s shoes, and it may be that they intend to do just that.
Only time will tell what the future may hold for this young and entertaining franchise. Fans can only hope that things work out for the best—for Faried, his teammates and themselves.
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Michael Brumagin is the “Tweet of the Day” columnist for Sheridan Hoops.