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Denver deja vu? Karl vs. Shanahan

Published: October 26, 2013, 4:20 pm, by Paul Klee

The Nuggets open the Brian Shaw era at Sacramento on Wednesday.

The Broncos host Mike Shanahan and the Redskins on Sunday.

Why the connection?

Sounds odd, but I see similarities with the end of the George Karl era with the Nuggets and the end of the Shanahan era with the Broncos.

With Shanahan, the Broncos were rarely bad, usually good, and always in the NFL conversation. He averaged 9.8 wins over 14 seasons in Denver.

So whether or not you believed Shanahan should have been fired, his exit was met with a great amount of unknown.

Same goes for Karl’s firing from the Nuggets. Under Karl, the Nuggets were a mainstay in the playoffs. Since 2003, the Nuggets always were in the NBA conversation, at least during the regular season. Then they would fade.

Now the Nuggets enter a season with more questions than any one in the previous decade. This is not to say the Nuggets made the right/wrong move in firing Karl and moving toward Shaw — you know where I stand on that one — just that we’ve seen this kind of transition before. The known was replaced with the unknown.

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