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SI.com: Sam Amick: Bobcats' odd coaching search ends in surprising hireupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 11:26:00

For all we know, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan may have finally gotten it right with the surprising hiring of St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap as coach on Monday.

SI.com: Lee Jenkins: Nuggets take Karl's lesson to heart in razor-thin Game 5 victoryupdated: Wed May 09 2012 03:21:00

LOS ANGELES -- George Karl tells his team more stories than a father at bedtime, and in the past 10 days, he dug through his mental archive for fresh material. He regaled the Nuggets with memories of the mid-90s Sonics, falling behind the Rockets 3-1 only to force a Game 7, and the Bulls 3-0 only to force a Game 6. He reminisced about the 1996 Western Conference Finals, which essentially came down to four free throws: Shawn Kemp made two for Seattle, Karl Malone missed two for Utah, and the Sonics advanced to the NBA Finals. "You want to celebrate dominance and it's not about dominance," Karl said. "The edge is very, very thin."

SI.com: Sam Amick: Martin lauds Carmelo, slams Karlupdated: Sun Feb 19 2012 16:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- From 2004 to 2011, Kenyon Martin played the role of enforcer behind Carmelo Anthony on the Denver Nuggets. They might not be teammates anymore, but the Martin is still coming to his longtime friend's defense.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Refreshed, happier Karl enjoying dream job with new-look Nuggetsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 16:46:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It wasn't one of those nights George Karl was talking about, when at least 30 percent of the game is made up of mistakes and the potential for finger pointing is ripe from selfish players.

SI.com: Sam Amick: Gallinari agrees to four-year, $42 million extension with Nuggetsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 18:35:00

Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari has agreed to a four-year, $42 million extension that will keep him with the Nuggets through 2016, two sources told SI.com.

SI.com: Afflalo set to return in Game 3 against Thunderupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 19:22:00

DENVER (AP) -- The Nuggets are fastening their hopes to a fickle hamstring.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Despite 'Melo-drama, Karl becomes calming leader in Denverupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 13:16:00

Carmelo Anthony is still in Denver and the 29-20 Nuggets remain a dangerous playoff team, which demonstrates the change in coach George Karl. In younger decades he might have reacted angrily to the season-long 'Melo-drama (as Karl refers to it) of whether or not his star will be dealt.

SI.com: Carmelo: LeBron handled exit from Cleveland poorlyupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 11:37:00

Carmelo Anthony describes his in-limbo situation as "complicated," but at least one aspect is simple: He learned a lesson about how not to leave his team from LeBron James.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Nuggets show potential in rout of LeBron-less Heatupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 10:15:00

DENVER -- Carmelo Anthony played, LeBron James did not and Denver handed Miami its worst loss of the season, 130-102 [Recap | Box]. Herewith, five things worth noting from the surprising beatdown ...

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Karl joins elite club with 1,000th winupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 23:37:00

George Karl has won 1,000 NBA games. The rebel has gone legitimate.

SI.com: Paul Forrester: Nuggets put aside Karl worries for Game 1 winupdated: Sun Apr 18 2010 10:02:00

The Nuggets put aside their worries of playing without George Karl for at least one night to take Game 1 from Jazz, 126-113. In addition to little defense and a lot of sharp-shooting (the teams combined to shoot 56 percent), the first-round matchup ended with another Jazz player on the injured list and Denver's Carmelo Anthony showing his best and worst sides. Consider the following:

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Nuggets are reeling, but Billups can lead them out of funkupdated: Thu Mar 25 2010 14:20:00

Five things we learned from the Nuggets' 113-99 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday ...

SI.com: Frank Hughes: Despite looming lockout, Nuggets grant ailing coach Karl extensionupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 19:04:00

At a time when most NBA owners are fretting about fiscal responsibility and positioning themselves for what could be an ugly and painful labor dispute in 16 months, Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke should be commended for allowing his human side to show recently.

Oral cancer's toll cruelupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 15:46:00

It brought a tough, All-Star NBA coach to tears this week. And it stilled the voice of a famous film critic.

SI.com: Frank Hughes: Karl gets another chance to coach Kobe, West All-Star teamupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 17:57:00

DENVER -- The last time George Karl coached the All-Star Game, in New York in 1998, his West team was led by a 19-year-old Kobe Bryant. Karl remembers the Lakers' guard, who, at the time was the youngest player in All-Star history, waving off Utah's Karl Malone during a pick-and-roll so Bryant could take somebody one-on-one.

SI.com: 'Melo: Nuggets need big man, would 'love to have Camby'updated: Thu Jan 21 2010 06:31:00

Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony said he thinks his team is better than last season, when Denver advanced to the Western Conference finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

SI.com: Arash Markazi: Nuggets feel Lawson could be missing piece in title puzzleupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 16:27:00

The nameplate above Ty Lawson's locker simply reads "Rookie." It's a nickname Lawson has gotten used to during his first season -- hearing it on a daily basis from Nuggets coach George Karl -- even if his play on the court at times has belied that of a first-year player.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: European influence likely to grow in NBAupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 19:18:00

5. Drazen Petrovic was a self-made star. Sunday will mark the 16th anniversary of the death of Petrovic, a 28-year-old Croatian coming off an All-NBA season when he was killed in a car accident in Germany.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Kobe, Lakers advance with best performance of playoffsupdated: Sat May 30 2009 01:46:00

DENVER -- There will be no Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals because Kobe Bryant decided he'd had enough. Enough of Nuggets defenders poking him in the midsection as he elevated from the perimeter and slapping his forehead as he released his shots. Enough of Dahntay Jones, J.R. Smith, Linas Kleiza and Chauncey Billups bumping him like he was a running back hitting the hole and not a shooting guard looking for a seam. Enough of a city and a town that brings back too many bad memories. Enough of all of it. It was time to go home.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Suddenly, Lakers look like No. 1 seedupdated: Thu May 28 2009 09:30:00

LOS ANGELES -- Five notes and observations from the Lakers' near flawless 103-94 victory (RECAP | BOX) against the Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night:

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Role players spark Nuggets in Game 4updated: Tue May 26 2009 09:48:00

DENVER -- Coaches are fond of reminding us that basketball is a team sport, that no single player can carry a team to a championship. And they're right. Shaquille O'Neal couldn't have won without Kobe Bryant (and vice versa), Tim Duncan would have been lost without Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, and Paul Pierce didn't win anything until he was teamed with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Nuggets find inspiration vs. Lakers in Celtics' plansupdated: Mon May 25 2009 14:12:00

DENVER -- The DVDs on top of Nuggets coach George Karl's growing pile of game films aren't what you'd expect. Yes, somewhere among the hours of footage is video of the Lakers' first-round series with Utah, and he has spent plenty of time dissecting the disc of L.A.'s difficult seven-game series with Houston in the Western Conference semifinals.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Nuggets blow golden opportunity in Game 3updated: Sun May 24 2009 02:30:00

DENVER -- The story on Sunday morning will undoubtedly be that the Lakers regained control of the Western Conference finals with a gritty 103-97 victory in Game 3 (RECAP | BOX). And it should be. Writers and talking heads alike will heap praise on Kobe Bryant, who despite getting battered like an over-the-hill prize fighter, overwhelmed the Nuggets with a 41-point, six-rebound, five-assist effort.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Karl, Nuggets find honesty a winning policyupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 15:35:00

... and rejuvenated George Karl, who has become a Coach of the Year candidate for steering his team away from its widely forecast place in the lottery and into contention for home-court advantage in the playoffs.

SI.com: Hawks' Woodson-Smith drama may be coming to a closeupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 16:23:00

"They both arrived here in 2004. It hasn't been a marriage. It's been a pie fight."

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Nenê seizes his opportunityupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 10:03:00

Perfection remains elusive for Nenê this season. Each night, every game, there's a ball that rims out on him, a running hook shot that falls short or a bunny that somehow still misses. Against Houston on Sunday, Yao Ming blocked three of his layups -- swat in the second quarter, swat-swat in rapid succession in the fourth -- and it stuck with him, almost as much as the standstill to which he and Yao played in the Nuggets' 104-94 victory.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Nuggets season previewupdated: Tue Oct 14 2008 11:00:00

SI.com will analyze each of the NBA's 30 teams as regular-season tip-off approaches. For a complete list of team-by-team breakdowns, click here. The information in the "Go figure" category below is provided by Roland Beech of 82games.com.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Coaches who could land on the hot seatupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 15:38:00

Given our nation's current economic plight, the NBA -- which likes to set trends and provide stellar examples -- ought to consider a departure from business as usual this season. As in, cool it with the pink slips.

SI.com: Chris Ballard: Eighth Is Enoughupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 10:18:00

Watch enough Denver Nuggets games this year and you will be forgiven for entertaining the thought that, if given the PT, you might be able to go for 30 in that offense.

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Cavs reinvent themselves at deadlineupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 21:30:00

Also in this column: • Karl wouldn't sign off on Artest deal

SI.com: Paul Forrester: Shaq's in decline, but don't dismiss him yetupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 18:07:00

Also in this column: • Top 10: Intriguing soap operas • Kaman's been money for Clippers • Scout's view of struggling Warriors

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Nuggets not the contender they think they areupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 12:13:00

DENVER -- George Karl bounded into the Pepsi Center 2½ hours before Wednesday night's opener against the Seattle SuperSonics. Two years removed from prostate cancer surgery, Karl looked like a happy and healthy man.

SI.com: Denver has its limitsupdated: Wed May 02 2007 12:51:00

Carmelo Anthony never rebounds, Allen Iverson never passes, Kenyon Martin never plays, J.R. Smith won't be seen until October, the team makes too much money and coach George Karl is too volatile to be trusted with a pro club.

SI.com: Secret's outupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 10:16:00

It's almost time for some bracketology, NBA-style, and the great thing is, the board is a mystery. You can use ink to put Dallas on that top line in the West and a pretty heavy pencil to do the same with Detroit in the East. And if Phoenix beats San Antonio in Thursday night's eagerly awaited TNT game, the Suns are all but a lock for second. But everything else will have to wait.

SI.com: Vince's voyagesupdated: Fri Mar 23 2007 12:07:00

Also in this column: • Karl getting along with AI • Blazers still seeking GM • One killer crossover • NBDLer goes for 48

SI.com: Rocky timesupdated: Fri Feb 23 2007 10:22:00

Also in this column: • Bad karma for the Heat's Riley • Top 10: Coaching-salary curiosities • Scout's Take: Pistons are rolling

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