George Karl: Ultimate player's coach

Updated: November 5, 2010, 9:54 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

In their own backward way, the Denver Nuggets paid George Karl the ultimate tribute by going to pieces after his debilitating cancer treatments left him unable to coach the team at the end of last season. After assistant coach Adrian Dantley took over they lost half of their final 14 games, then were bounced from the playoffs by an injury-depleted Utah Jazz squad in the first round. Maybe it was a sign that there's more to the NBA than the guys in the jerseys, and that the people planning ...

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