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Karl watched underclassmen before list released

NEW YORK -- Nuggets coach George Karl was suspended for the first three regular-season games of the 2005-2006 season and Denver was fined $200,000 by the NBA on Friday for violating rules prohibiting contact with players not yet eligible for the NBA draft.

The league said the violation occurred from May 16-18, when Karl attended workouts at Marquette University run by ESPN analyst Rick Majerus before the NBA released the early-entry list on May 19.

The violation occurred because Karl watched underclassmen. Coaches and teams can only watch seniors work out before the official list is released by the NBA.

"George made an innocent mistake but we take full responsibility for these actions," Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said. "The Denver Nuggets fully respect league rules and regulations and we regret any inadvertent violation that occurred."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.