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Coach Karl gets 1 year contract extension


February 13th, 2010 by aswitzer

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl has agreed to a one-year contract extension worth about $4.5 million, according to sources yesterday. Coach is currently making $3 million in 2009-2010, and was in the final year of his contract.

“I think it’s important to the team,” Karl said today during a news conference for Sunday’s All-Star Game. “I don’t want to be a distraction.

There were multiple rumors over the past few months, with one supposed offer being a 3 year extension worth around $11 million. Whether it or any of the other rumors were true, there was the potential for them to become a distraction as this team pursues another high playoff seed.

Karl has publicly stated his desire to stay in Denver, “I don’t want to move,” he said. “I’m going to probably live in Denver (for the long term)… Denver’s a big-time city. It fits for me… (The Nuggets) have a legit opportunity to be as good as anybody in basketball.”

George Karl took over as the Nuggets coach midway thru the 2004-2005 season and went on an amazing 32-8 run to lead the Nuggets to their first playoff series in nearly 10 years. The Nuggets have gone 244-152 during the regular season during Karl’s time at the helm.

His time has not been completely smooth – for several seasons a popular site called “FireGeorgeKarl.com” was run by a local blogger. That site has since been changed to www.denverstiffs.com after the owner decided that George was not the only person to blame in the Nuggets organization.

After guiding the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals for only the 2nd time in franchise history, Coach Karl has received a lot less flack. I for one, am hoping that Karl can finally get past some of his mistakes in the playoffs and finally bring his “A” game (which he consistently does in the regular season!) when it matters the most.

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