MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The George Karl era begins for the Denver
Nuggets on Friday when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
After a 4-10 stint under interim coach Michael Cooper, the
Nuggets on Thursday hired Karl to a reported six-year deal.
In an ironic twist, Karl's first game with Denver gives him a
shot at the franchise that fired him in 2003. As coach of the
Bucks from 1998-2003, Karl compiled a 205-173 record and led
Milwaukee to four playoff berths.
A veteran of 16 seasons as a coach with four different teams,
Karl has his work cut out for him with the Nuggets, who are 5-18
since a four-game winning streak in early December.
In Cooper's finale as interim coach Wednesday, Denver had its
worst offensive output of the season in an 87-70 loss at
Earl Boykins scored 14 points but just two other Nuggets managed
to reach double figures as the club shot 33 percent (26-of-78).
Denver missed all five of its 3-point attempts and got a
dismal performance from star forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony's erratic, injury-filled season bottomed out with a
season-low five points on 2-of-13 shooting. He scored 32 points
in Tuesday's loss at Chicago.
The Bucks had won three of four games before becoming the latest
victim of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, dropping a 121-115
decision at home.
Michael Redd scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack, but
Milwaukee struggled defensively.
The Nuggets have won the last three meetings between the teams.