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Coach George Karl misses his former player

The cold Denver winters don’t make George Karl as blue as sunny Orlando does.

That’s where his former guard Arron Afflalo went in the Dwight Howard trade.

“I miss him,” Nuggets coach George Karl told reporters after practice Thursday at Amway Center. “He’s a great pro. He’s a great person off the court. He’s very coachable, very easy to hang around (with) and talk (with). When you’re losing, he accepts criticism at a high level. He’s highly motivated. He’s going to be in the league for 10 years.

“Probably he has a desire to score points, a little bit more, than we allowed him probably in his time in Denver. So I’m happy that he’s gone to a place that might give him an opportunity that he’s searching for.”

The Nuggets traded Afflalo, Al Harrington, a 2013 second-round draft pick and a 2014 first-round pick to Orlando in a four-team deal that landed Andre Iguodala safely in Denver.

Karl wishes him all the best – kinda.

“I’m disappointed he’s not in Denver,” Karl said, “and hopefully he has a great season except for two games.”

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