November 30, 2005

Karl picks up two-game ban for criticizing officials

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was
suspended for two games without pay by the National Basketball
Association on Wednesday for publicly criticizing officials.

Stu Jackson, the NBA's senior vice president basketball
operations, made the announcement of the suspension as a result
of Karl's actions on Monday.

Karl made his comments after Denver's 101-92 loss to the
New Jersey Nets, which the league said "attacked the integrity
of the officials."

The Nuggets coach served the first game of his suspension
on Wednesday when the club hosted New Orleans/Oklahoma City

He will serve the second game on Friday when the club
visits the Phoenix Suns.