Mullin in 2006
Karl coaching the Denver Nuggets in 2011
Karl with the Nuggets in 2009

In his second season, 1986–87, the Warriors advanced to the Western Conference semifinals under George Karl, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

- Chris Mullin

With Chris Mullin going through alcohol rehabilitation, Karl was now without his top four scorers from the 1987 playoff team.

- George Karl
Mullin in 2006

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Golden State Warriors

American professional basketball team based in San Francisco.

American professional basketball team based in San Francisco.

Joe Fulks was the league's first scoring champion.
Wilt Chamberlain averaged 41.5 points per game and 25.1 rebounds per game during his five and a half seasons with the Warriors.
Nate Thurmond averaged over 20 points per game during five different seasons and over 20 rebounds per game during two seasons while with the Warriors.
Rick Barry (shown in 1976) was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1975.
Draymond Green was an All-NBA Second Team member in 2015–16.

The team struggled in the 1980s, then became playoff regulars at the turn of the decade with stars Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin, nicknamed "Run TMC".

New owners Jim Fitzgerald and Dan Finane finally managed to return the team to respectability by hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach George Karl as head coach in 1986 after selecting St. John's small forward Chris Mullin in the 1985 NBA draft.