Denver columnist wastes no time calling for Karl to resign

Denver columnist wastes no time calling for Karl to resign
May 3, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The Nuggets have lost in the first round of the playoffs in eight of George Karl's nine seasons with the team. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The Denver Post was calling for Nuggets head coach George Karl to resign before its writers even left the Bay Area. Following the Warriors' 4-2 series upset over third-seeded Denver in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, columnist Mark Kiszla questioned if Karl has "the strength of will at age 61 to do the right thing" and step down.

From the article:

"Can the way Karl asks the Nuggets to play basketball work in the playoffs? Will he keep running, keep insisting Denver doesn't need a closer, keep trying to prove the sum of a team can be greater than its parts?"

"(Nuggets GM Masai) Ujiri and (owner Josh) Kroenke must demand Karl develops something resembling an effective halfcourt offense."

"Either Karl demands better from himself on the bench, or he kicks himself upstairs to the front office, and helps the Nuggets find a coach who can break their bad habit of first-round flameouts."

The Nuggets have made the playoffs in each of Karl's nine years at the helm, and they have lost in the first round in all but one of those seasons.

Interestingly, Karl resigned from his position as the Warriors head coach with 18 games left in the 1987-88 season, a year after leading the team to its first playoff appearance in 10 years.

Over his 25-year NBA coaching career, Karl has amassed 1,131 career wins, ranking sixth on the all-time list. His .599 winning percentage is 10th among coaches with a minimum of 500 games.