After the Denver Nuggets fell to the Golden State Warriors, four games to two, in the first round of the 2013 Western Conference Playoffs, Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of playing dirty and trying to hurt Stephen Curry on purpose. Whether or not that was true, how could Jackson come up with such a theory? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Jackson had a "mole" on the Denver roster who was feeding him information.
It has been a while since we heard from George Karl, but in a recent interview with Dave Krieger, the former Nuggets head coach acknowledged a pretty interesting claim regarding one of his former player's possibly close involvement with Jackson:
Q: Do you think Andre Iguodala was Mark Jackson’s “mole”?
A: No question.
Q: Does that bug you?
A: I just think that’s media hype. I mean, that series was not a physical series. Everybody wants to be more aggressive with the guy kicking your ass, so . . . .
Q: The media didn’t say it. Jackson said it.
A: I thought Mark had a lot of tricks in that series that were bush- . . . I don’t know. I don’t know what they were. Almost high-schoolish. They were beneath the NBA level. And they might have worked. They might have motivated his young team in a good way. You know, he’d announce a starting lineup and start another guy. C’mon, man. You think we’re not ready for that?
Maybe it's true. Maybe not. But, is there any coincidence that Iguodala went on to sign a healthy four-year, $48 million contract with the Warriors over the summer? It makes you wonder, no?
[via For The Win]