Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

George Karl is out of a job. The Denver Nuggets have fired the Coach of the Year winner over reasons not yet public. After nothing short of a stellar season for the Colorado ballclub, the sudden shift in personnel is entirely shocking. Karl brought the Nuggets 57 wins this season, a feat that was yet to be accomplished in the franchise’s history. Unless George Karl personally tore Danilo Gallinari’s ACL like it was a piece of paper, there is almost no good reason to release him. While it must be recognized Karl is a less than perfect coach in playoff situations, the fact he has spent so much time in the playoffs period, sets him above a large number of coaches in the NBA. Regardless, Karl needs to shake the dust off his blazer and move on. After sporadically turning Kobe into a passer and Steve Nash into a spot-up jump shooter, Mike D’Antoni successfully orchestrated one of the bigger, if not the biggest super team failures in recent memory, if not of all time. The Lakers are now looking at the future with their three stars, injured, elderly, and apprehensive. The motley Hollywood crew is led by a coach who is practically begging to be fired. Enter George Karl. In case you missed any of the Nuggets this season, they love offense. It was this offense that propelled them into being the successful team they were. In Denver, Karl had a scoring machine in Danilo Gallinari, a nasty passer in Ty Lawson, and a rebounding aficionado in Kenneth Faried. In LA, he instantly has two out of three of those roles fulfilled with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Karl’s arrival in LA could more than likely inspire a commitment-shy Dwight Howard to keep wearing a purple jersey and complete the trifecta of offense. While the Nuggets and Lakers are entirely different teams, the incredible scoring, passing, and rebounding highlighted and accentuated by the Lakers’ stars could be just enough for Karl to continue relying on his score-first playbook. While D’Antoni is also noted for his offensive style, it was clearly shown to be incompatible with an aging Lakers roster. As a coach, George Karl has a .599 win percentage over D’Antoni’s .536. (Per Wikipedia.org) George Karl has held the head coach position more than twice as many seasons than Mike D’Antoni. Put simply, the Mike D’Antoni experiment in LA didn’t work. A team with as much potential as the Lakers this season should not be praying to make the playoffs a week before they start. Bringing in George Karl could turn the negative atmosphere in LA to a winning one. George Karl is an incredible coach who needs a team he can work with. The Lakers are a team bursting with potential, but in need of some solid leadership. This was a match made in heaven.