After winning the coach of the year for the first time. George Karl was finally sacked by the Nuggets front office. Prior to the ouster, many rumors came up that the Clips were pursuing Karl. And from a Nugget fan, this is just a fit. Now that Karl is gone, I'm rooting for your team to take on his coaching services.
Why should Karl be the coach of the Clippers
He loves aggressive point guards - Sleepy Floyd, Gary Payton, Sam Cassell, Andre Miller (pre-Iverson trade), Chauncey Billups, and Ty Lawson have blossomed in Karl's tenure. If you delve into their stats, you can see that they are very efficient under Karl. Take Sleepy Floyd for example, in his 1.5 seasons with Golden State Warriors, he averaged ratings of 20.2 and 19.5 (before he was traded to the Houston Rockets). Floyd never stayed the same. Also, Gary Payton was playing at an all-star level before he was traded to the Bucks then to the Lakers, which ended his playing days under Karl, and he experienced a decline in his efficiency. The same pattern goes with the other players. I really hope CP3 stays. But it is very likely that he will IF Karl accepts the coaching gig.
The Karl loves athletic power forwards - Karl never had a collection of notable power forwards who succeeded under him since Shawn Kemp is the only power forward that comes to mind but the way he tinkers his lineup (the "smallball" lineup consisting of two point guards, a two-guard, a small forward, and a power forward at center), blends well with his style of play which is to run via playing great defense. Griffin could be Karl's next Shawn Kemp.
The Clippers' roster is ready-made for him - The same can be said to our Nuggets roster because we have athletic players who can run the floor, but the I think Clippers will suit better for Karl. Why? Because the Clippers have a lot of depth when it comes to veteran players. Karl's main weakness in his coaching career is overplaying the old players because he thinks they have more understanding for the game. The weakness may not sound worrisome if Karl is your coach. The team has a lot of players in their late 20s-early 30s like Paul, Billups, Barnes, Crawford, Butler, Odom, Green, Turiaf, and Hollins. At that age, it is assumed that Karl will give the right minutes to them knowing he might give the right amount of trust. In Denver, Nuggets fans have been furious on Karl on some occasions because he overplays the older guys and giving little-to-no time at all to the youngsters. Kenneth Faried was given a heavy dose of minutes in his rookie year because Nene was banged up, so Karl had no choice; the same can be said for Evan Fournier due to Gallinari's injury. The Clippers have a lot of veteran players, but they also have young but highly proven players in Paul, Griffin, Bledsoe (yes, there was a point when few Nuggets fans were advocating for a Lawson-Bledsoe swap), and Jordan. Looking at Karl's philosophy, his top-3 most favorite shots are: 1. lay-up 2. free throw 3. three-point shot - Just perfect for this team. Look for the Clips to have another 50-win season if Karl is the coach.
DeAndre Jordan will flourish under Karl - Over his 20-plus years of coaching, Karl never had a center who can guard the paint unless your name is Marcus Camby. The Nuggets had Kenyon Martin, but his health had always been in question. We had McGee, but because he hasn't mastered the fundamentals like boxing out, he wasn't able to earn the starting position for most of the regular season. I think Jordan might change that. In only 24.5 minutes of action, Jordan averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 boards. Those are the numbers any coach will be satisfied. Don't know if Jordan will become an all-star (that's exaggeration, for now), but I'm sure he will be a solid defensive presence in the paint.
Questions still remain on how can Karl translate his regular season success in the playoffs. But I believe this Clippers team gives hope that Karl can get past the first round, something that us Nuggets fans have experienced once in 8.5 years under Karl. If Karl does go to the Clips, I'm rooting for you guys to win the championship (if Chris Paul stays).