Wednesday, February 01, 2006

 

George's Curious Nuggets

Whenever I watch the Nuggets getting waxed and embarrassed like they are tonight in Salt Lake City - I ask myself the same question that a lot of people wonder from time to time.

Remind me again why Jeff Bzdelik was fired?

While Bzdelik has coached his tail off in Colorado Springs with an overachieving Air Force squad (AF won again tonight to improve to 18-3), the Nuggets (or is it the "Nuggles") under George Karl look more and more depressing lately.

Forget 32-8 alright?

Ancient history.

So is the recent 7 game winning streak.

The Nuggets lost their 4th in a row tonight.

They went winless on a three game road trip that didn't have them even close in all three games against the Clippers, Kings, and Jazz.

What is most depressing about the Nuggets this year has been their lack of competitiveness in so many games.

Uncompetitive and unfocused can describe a great many Nuggets games this season.

They lost by 13 tonight against the Jazz.

When the Nuggets get beat, they often times get beat by double digits...and in their game at Los Angeles last Saturday night (1-28-06) they lost by 33 - although it felt like they lost by 303.

The Nuggets don't rebound the basketball.

Physically they've been pushed around far too often for a team that likes to consider themselves a contender.

Playing defense seems to be something that is optional under this George Karl led team.

Exactly where is Karl leading the Nuggets?

Don't give me this excuse about injuries either because every team deals with players who get banged up and miss time.

What disturbs me the most is that the Nuggets don't play with a sense of urgency, seem lackadaisical, don't possess any mental toughness, and like their coach, they complain far too often about things when the going gets too tough.

I'm tired of Karl's excuses, his disingenuous smile (particularly after another Nuggets loss), his smug attitude, and his overall persona which could lead someone to conclude that it was George Karl instead of James Nasmith who invented the game.

I'm watching Altitude right now, and I'm not kidding when I say that Scott Hasting's just mentioned that "lighting" could be a contributing factor for the Nuggets not shooting the ball well.

I was actually getting on board the Nuggets bandwagon as they reeled off seven wins in a row, giving them the benefit of the doubt for a few things, then came this road trip from hell that has them unhinged once again.

At 25-23 the Nuggets can thank the NBA for placing them in a division so bad that Roy Rubin's 1973 Sixers would have found it comforting.

Karl I'm told, is an elite coach.

Elite?

Is this the best he can do?

The team seems to be a mirror image of their coach.

Tonight I watched as Utah coach Jerry Sloan pushed and prodded his team to play hard at both ends of the court, hustling back on defense, running the floor with abandon, making smart decisions with the basketball.

Down the sideline was curious George who seemed to be paralyzed like a deer watching the lights of an onrushing automobile.

Where is the hard work?  Where is Karl ripping into his team for a terrible lack of intensity?  Where is Nuggets pride?

Air Force blew out Colorado State tonight 71-56.

Meanwhile the Nuggets did catch some good news tonight. The Timberwolves lost again.

Hold on now...I want to watch and see what curious George has to say in the aftermath of another dreadful performance by his first place team.

(Right now Dino is awaiting Altitude's post-game coverage)

Well, they're in a commercial right now, but before they went to a break, Bill Hanzlik said the Nuggets are almost ready to go on a big roll.

Okay, here's Karl...who is saying nothing about how they've been thoroughly trashed...says they have a lot of home games coming up...smiling that smile again...says ya gotta do a lot of good things to win on the road in the NBA. 

Really?

Hmmm.

If their last full time head coach had spoken like this, Woodie Paige would have had a conniption and ridiculed his last name for the millionth time.

Now back to Hanzlik on Altitude who is commenting along with Julie Browman...Hanzlik just said that they need to re-build their confidence, and take advantage of some weak teams coming into the Pepsi Center over the next few weeks.

Then again, what do you expect Hanzlik to say?  Expect him to tell you the truth?  That the Nuggets stink right now?  Remember, Stan Kroneke is paying Hanzlik. Altitude as you should know...is owned by Kroenke.

At least you get Hayseed on Am-950 tomorrow to give you his take. That should be enlightening.

Earl Boykins just said that the Nuggets got their butts beat tonight...that Utah returned the flavor. That's not a mis-print, Boykins really did say that the Jazz returned the flavor.

Hey, everyone has a slip of the tongue every now and then.

Wait, here's Carmello on the tube now.

More smiling. What's so funny about the Nuggets these days, Melo?

Melo just said that Utah was the more motivated team tonight.

Melo just said that the Jazz punched them tonight, before the Nuggets punched the Jazz.

Motivation?

Good word usage by Carmello.

But wait a sec...the Nuggets came into this game riding a three game losing streak (now four)...what more motivation do the Nuggets need?

How many games have the Nuggets given away this season due to their unmotivated style of play?

Whose fault is that?

George Karl's.

I thought Karl was supposed to be better than this.

I thought Karl was a master in terms of planning and overall preparedness?

Oh well, let's just wait for that "big roll" that Bill Hanzlike just mentioned.

Again now, why was Jeff Bzdelik fired?

dc


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