George Karl sticking around another year

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The Denver Nuggets, right now, are as good a team as the franchise has ever had. Their championship window is open, at least a crack.

Now is not when you change coaches. But George Karl’s contract was up at the end of the year, and he was getting asked about it. So, today he and owner Stan Kroenke and Karl reached a one year extension at $4.5 million.

“I think it’s important to the team,” Karl said Friday news conference that was supposed to be about the All-Star Game Karl is coaching. “I don’t want to be a distraction. Stan (Kroenke) and I got together. With the situation with the world of basketball right now, I think it’s a good thing for me and a good thing for the Nuggets to do just one year and figure it out later, rather than getting into an argument and anger and frustration and pointing fingers and the things that could happen. It’s a good solution.”

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.