Karl coaching the Denver Nuggets in 2011
Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007
Karl with the Nuggets in 2009
Payton (left) during his stint with the Lakers
Payton playing in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 in the Philippines

While he never won an NBA championship, Karl made the postseason 22 times with five different teams, which included a trip to the 1996 NBA Finals with the Seattle SuperSonics.

- George Karl

The SuperSonics were led by Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, with George Karl as head coach.

- 1996 NBA Finals

In 1996, Payton and the SuperSonics, under coach George Karl, reached the NBA Finals after winning a franchise record 64 games and lost in six games to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.

- Gary Payton

Led by All-Stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, the latter named Defensive Player of the Year, the SuperSonics defeated the Sacramento Kings three games to one in the first round, and then swept the two-time reigning champions Houston Rockets to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

- George Karl
Karl coaching the Denver Nuggets in 2011

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