DENVER - George Karl has confirmed to 9NEWS that he will not return as head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
Karl still has a year left on his contract with the Nuggets.
"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," Denver Nuggets President Josh 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."
Kenneth "Manimal" Faried tweeted after the news surfaced: "So we lost a GM now a coach what's next!?"
The Nuggets will begin the search for a new coach immediately.
Karl was recently named the NBA's Coach of the Year after leading the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins this season. The Nuggets rallied down the stretch, winning 15 straight at one point and going 24-4 after the All-Star break. They also won a franchise-best 38 games at the Pepsi Center.
The Golden State Warriors eliminated the Nuggets 92-88 in Game 6 last in the first round of this year's playoffs.
Karl came to the Nuggets in 2005.
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