HoopsHype Josh Kroenke rumors

June 9, 2013 Updates

Ujiri, who seemed to have a cellphone surgically attached to his arm, received most of the credit — and the NBA executive of the year award — for the Nuggets' accomplishments since the Melo Drama. But, in truth, Masai was not the main man, but, rather, Josh's right-hand man. Kroenke ultimately was behind the maneuverings that began with his meeting in New Jersey with Anthony, who said he would not re-sign with the Nuggets and only wanted to go to New York. The self-effacing Kroenke hasn't gotten his deserved praise. Denver Post

Toronto’s new GM Masai Ujiri not only got a $15 million deal, but took a broom to his front office, sweeping out all pro personnel people and college scouts. He’s looking to hire Bucks assistant GM Jeff Weltman to be his No. 1 assistant. Weltman and former Knick president Scott Layden were up for the Phoenix GM job that went to Ryan McDonough, formerly with Danny Ainge’s front office in Boston. New York Daily News

How does a franchise that posted a NBA-team record 57 victories with one of the league's youngest rosters now find itself without a general manager and a coach? And what does that say about the team's future? The short answer is the Kroenke family has a stern belief in the way an organization should be run, that contracts won't be extended until they expire. And, despite the Nuggets' long run of regular-season success in recent years, Kroenke is far from satisfied. Some would argue that firing Karl was drastic, others would argue it was necessary for the long-term benefit of the franchise. Denver Post

June 8, 2013 Updates
June 7, 2013 Updates

Nuggets ownership was steadfast that Karl would need to finish out the final season on his current contract before rewarding a coach who hadn't won a playoff series since 2009. "I have high praise for the way Josh Kroenke handled this situation — he was always sincere and straightforward," said Karl's agent, Warren LeGarie. "And when it came time to make a decision, he made one." Denver Post

June 6, 2013 Updates

Josh Kroenke was up front with Karl. He told Karl he didn’t want to put him in the position of having to order him next season to play the young guys if management felt that was the way to go, knowing Karl would balk because going young would certainly impact his win-loss record. Yet management remained firm that it would not give Karl an extension. “It came down to the point that they realized, if they couldn’t get anything done (with Karl), was there any point in going forward?,” the source said. “Josh was very direct, very honest. He was very, very clear every step of the way.” NBA.com

“George has been an instrumental part of our success over the past decade, and we appreciate everything he did to keep us among the top teams in the Western Conference,” Kroenke said. “He is a Hall of Fame coach whose legacy in Denver will last for years to come. George is a legend in the game of basketball and I could not have more respect for him as a person and coach.” The Nuggets will begin the search for a new coach immediately, and an announcement will be made when the process is concluded. NBA.com

The Denver Nuggets have fired coach George Karl, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. With one year left on his contract, Karl was pushing for a contract extension and ownership was unwilling to make the commitment. With a sense that Denver could be facing a year of acrimony with the 2012-'13 NBA Coach of the Year, CEO Josh Kroenke decided to part ways with Karl. Yahoo! Sports

For Kroenke, this was a bold move for the franchise, but multiple sources said that Karl had been so unhappy about going into the final year of his contract without a new deal that things could've become untenable with him. Nuggets management believes it can attract an elite coach with its talented, young roster. Yahoo! Sports

June 2, 2013 Updates

Josh Kroenke will consider looking at other NBA executives. It's unlikely that Kroenke, who is a major part of basketball decisions, will tab himself as the Denver GM. He recently became the Avalanche team president too. So Denver will tab a new GM this month. And it's quite possible it could be an in-house promotion. Denver Post

May 31, 2013 Updates

Prior to his departure, Ujiri issued a statement expressing his gratitude to the Nuggets. "First and foremost, I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for the opportunity they have given me over the past three years," Ujiri said. "It was a very difficult decision to leave Denver, but the Nuggets remain in good hands. I’d also like to thank the coaching staff for their work and the fans for their support and dedication. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city of Denver and the Nuggets as an organization." NBA.com

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