Feb 24, 2011 2:22 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - George Karl lost his star, his leader and nearly a third of his roster in the blockbuster deal that dismantled and disrupted his perennial playoff team.
The Denver Nuggets coach hasn't lost his exuberance.
Karl is relishing the thought of figuring out on the fly just how to put the pieces back together following the three-team swap that sent All-Star Carmelo Anthony and floor leader Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks.
In spite of the shakeup, Karl vigorously insists the Nuggets can remain in the thick of the playoff hunt over the final 24 games of the season.
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