January 15, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl (right) watches as guard Andre Iguodala (left) throws the ball inbounds during the overtime period against the Portland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 115-111 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Iguodala, Karl reach career milestones

When the Denver Nuggets swung a deal for wingman Andre Iguodala in the offseason, they knew the athletic player they were getting from the Philadelphia 76ers. The University of Arizona product has often been criticized for not being able to create his own shot. Experts rave about his ability to finish and his stellar perimeter defense, but it was always his mid-range game and creating his own shot that kept him from becoming a superstar in the league.

In Denver’s 10-point win over the Houston Rockets however, Iguodala showed he has enough game to reach 10,000 career points.

Jan 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala (9) dunks the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The 28-year-old Iguodala was taken No. 9 by Philadelphia in the 2004 draft. After struggling his rookie year, Iggy has put together quite a career in the City of Brotherly Love. If you ask Iguodala however, he wasn’t projected to reach this point in his career.

“I wasn’t projected to get to this point and it was a dream come true to just play in the NBA,” Iguodala said to the media following the victory.

While Iguodala joined the not so exclusive club on Wednesday night, his coach joined a more prestigious club. George Karl became just the seventh coach in NBA history to record 1,100 wins.

January 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl reacts from the sidelines during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 121-118 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Karl, the active wins leader among coaches, started his coaching career in 1984 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stops along Golden State, Seattle and Milwaukee led Karl to Denver in 2005.

Despite battling prostate, neck and throat cancer in his tenure as Nuggets coach, Karl was able to record of 392-250 since taking over. In fact, a George Karl team hasn’t finished below .500 since 1987.

Karl said it’s not all because of him.

“The accolades are because of so many people other than me,” Karl said following the Nuggets win on Wednesday.

Another milestone came on Wednesday night and one that could be accomplished by none other than JaVale McGee. The $44 million man through himself a pass off the backboard for a windmill slam. Watch carefully at what he does after.

Yes Nuggets fans. That was a mustache by McGee. According to Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post, McGee has a handlebar tattooed on his index finger which led to him running down the court with a fake mustache put up to his face.

As far as I know, that’s a first for the Nuggets. Chalk that up to JaVale being JaVale.

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