By Craig Kwasniewski
By now y'all have seen the Nugs-Knicks fight from Saturday night. So I'm not going to go into any descriptions about it or even break it down blow-by-blow. Instead I just have one simple question:
Why the hell were the Denver Nuggets starters playing the final seconds of a 19-point blow-out?
Seriously, the Knicks called it quits and cleared off their bench, so why did George Karl keep in his starters. Is this a North Carolina thing? Are they just really bad winners? If you remember, Larry Brown kept his starters in the end of a blow-out in the famous Pistons-Pacers brawl. So is Karl just coaching "the Carolina way?"
Lost in all of this will be the obvious blame to all ten players on the court. Believe me, a lot of it will be deserved, but George Karl shouldn't escape this incident unscathed. You'll see the creative New York media go after Isiah, well just because it's Isiah Thomas. But they really should go after George Karl.
If he cleared his bench and pulled Anthony and Smith, this fight would not have happened. So along with the active players in the fight getting suspended (and rightfully so), George Karl should at least get a fine for his place in the brawl.
Now go back to the media grand-standing that will happen the next few days... at least until Iverson gets traded. And don't tell me that Iverson to Denver is a good idea. I'll save my takes on this until it happens, but just remember, Karl is not great at handling egos and it WILL backfire if the trade goes through.