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

After spending five years as a player for the San Antonio Spurs, Karl became an assistant with the team before getting the chance to become a head coach in 1981 with the Continental Basketball Association.

- George Karl

The CBA also sent qualified coaches to the NBA, including Phil Jackson (Albany Patroons), Bill Musselman (Tampa Bay Thrillers), Eric Musselman (Rapid City Thrillers), Flip Saunders (LaCrosse Catbirds) and George Karl (Montana Golden Nuggets).

- Continental Basketball Association

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Albany Patroons

The Albany Patroons are a professional basketball team that plays in The Basketball League (TBL).

The Albany Patroons are a professional basketball team that plays in The Basketball League (TBL).

Previously, the team competed in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and in the United States Basketball League (USBL).

In the 1990–91 season, the Patroons completed a 50–6 regular season, winning all 28 home games, with George Karl as head coach.

Montana Golden Nuggets

The Montana Golden Nuggets are a former Continental Basketball Association team that played from 1980 to 1983.

Montana reached the CBA finals in 1981 and 1983, with George Karl earning Coach of the Year honors both seasons.