NEW YORK (AP) - George Karl is joining ESPN as a studio analyst.
Karl won the Coach of the Year award last season but then lost his job in Denver. He will debut Friday night on ``SportsCenter'' and also appear on other NBA programming on the network as part of a multiyear deal. He previously worked for ESPN as a studio analyst during the 2003-04 season.
Karl led the Nuggets to a 57-25 record last season. But Denver, unwilling to give him a contract extension, instead fired him with a year left on his contract. He says it will be difficult not being in a training camp this week. But Karl says he enjoyed his previous work in TV and hopes he can ``maybe give some insights that coaches are really important in this game.''

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