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The Denver Post, Hyoung Chang) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT, Associated Press
Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, center, directs his team during NBA basketball practice in Denver on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

DENVER — George Karl scoffs at the notion that a team needs a superstar to be successful.

The Denver Nuggets' coach would be more than satisfied if the organization manages to retain guard Arron Afflalo after agreeing to a five-year deal with Brazilian center Nene on Tuesday night.

Regardless, Karl insists this roster already is a sleeping giant, even if no one will take the Nuggets seriously.

Sort of like last season.

The Nuggets didn't miss a beat after dealing All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal last February, going 18-7 the rest of the way to once again make the playoffs. The squad didn't have a bona fide star, yet still threw a scare at Oklahoma City in the first round before being eliminated.