HoopsHype Josh Kroenke rumors


June 16, 2013 Updates
June 14, 2013 Updates

Upon being fired last week, Nuggets coach George Karl told team president Josh Kroenke, "I think I should tell you, I think it's very stupid." The controversial firing of the reigning NBA coach of the year has led to much debate in Denver. On Thursday afternoon, Karl sat down with The Denver Post and discussed an array of topics, including his firing, his future (possibly landing with the Memphis Grizzlies or the Los Angeles Clippers) and the future of the Nuggets, a team he believes could have won 55 games next season, even with Danilo Gallinari out for much of the season due to knee surgery. "I'm not going to stand here and justify my (playoff) record," Karl said, but he believed the franchise was on an upward tick, "and to blow that away, it leaves you helpless, speechless, powerless, sad, a lot of words." Denver Post

Q: Can you describe your desire for a contract extension, heading into the last year of your contract? A: "I didn't demand an extension. I said to Josh, 'I will coach this team next year, I'm excited about coaching this team next year, but in the last year of a contract, there are things that could happen.' I didn't say they would happen, I said they could happen. I said I didn't think I deserved a three-year extension, but it's a signed contract (with an option), so let's compromise. I don't think I deserved to get my option picked up, even if we won in the first round (of the playoffs), but there's a middle ground. The thing that annoys me every day still is the fun connection we have with this team. They think they can unplug us and plug somebody else in, and I'm going, 'Wow, that is not respectful of the coaching profession.' " Denver Post

June 13, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have recently had serious discussions with former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers Tony DiLeo regarding their GM vacancy, a source close to the situation conveyed to CSNNW.com. According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the GM search, says DiLeo is steadfast on a return to management and the source added Nuggets President Josh Kroenke has been pleased with how talks have gone and he considers DiLeo to be a serious candidate. CSNNW.com

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

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