I’m a big fan of George Karl. He’s become, in his advanced middle age, a fine diplomat for the NBA. He’s conquered cancer. He’s turned the Nuggets into one of pro basketball’s most consistent franchises.
But he struggles – and struggles mightily – when it matters most. Karl’s Nuggets tumble annually in the playoffs, with the exception of 2009.
Another tumble will leave an indelible mark on King George. The Nuggets delivered a horrific effort in Tuesday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, who were playing without David Lee, their second-best player. The Nuggets enjoy homecourt advantage in this series. The Nuggets enjoy the blessing of superior talent.
The Nuggets should win this one.
If they don’t, all eyes will turn to George Karl. Blame will be heaped on him.
As it should.