The Rocky Mountain News’ Chris Tomasson is reporting that former Bucks/Sonics coach George Karl and ex-Lakers/Bulls zenmaster Phil Jackson are amongst the names in the mix for the Denver Nuggets coaching position , if and when GM Kiki Vandegwhe decides not to give the job to Michael Cooper on a permenent basis.

I can understand Jackson’s name popping up in reference to every NBA opening — unless of course Doc Rivers left the Celtics — but Karl is a mystery to me. The Tar Heel alum took a boatload of money to lead the Bucks and got nothing done, despite some serious talent that he had a hand in assembling. If Vandegwhe’s gripe with deposed coach Jeff Bzdelik is that Carmelo Anthony & crew had stopped listening, what’s on Karl’s resume that that would preclude a similar result?