George Karl

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

American former professional basketball coach and player.

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Karl coaching the Denver Nuggets in 2011

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Continental Basketball Association

Men's professional basketball minor league in the United States from 1946 to 2009.

Men's professional basketball minor league in the United States from 1946 to 2009.

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).

Mullin in 2006

Chris Mullin

American former professional basketball player, executive and coach.

American former professional basketball player, executive and coach.

Mullin in 2006

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.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007

Gary Payton

American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position.

Payton with the Miami Heat in 2007
Payton (left) during his stint with the Lakers
Payton playing in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 in the Philippines

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.

Seattle SuperSonics

American professional basketball team based in Seattle.

American professional basketball team based in Seattle.

Tom Meschery, Bob Rule (SuperSonics) and Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) in 1967
Lenny Wilkens in 1968
Jack Sikma in 1978
In 1980, the Seattle SuperSonics' total attendance exceeded that of all other sports or shows held in the Kingdome.
George Karl served as Seattle's head coach from 1992 to 1998.
Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star with the SuperSonics during the 1997–98 season.
Kevin Durant (pictured in 2014), who was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2007
Over most of the franchise's history, Seattle played its home games at KeyArena.
Squatch wearing the Sonics' home uniform in 2005

It was George Karl's arrival as head coach in 1992, however, that marked a return to regular season and playoff competitiveness for the SuperSonics.

1996 NBA Finals

The championship series of the National Basketball Association 's 1995–96 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

The championship series of the National Basketball Association 's 1995–96 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

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

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).

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

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.

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.

Milwaukee Bucks

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.

In 1998, the team hired veteran coach George Karl, who had reached the NBA Finals with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Doug Collins was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

1973 NBA draft

The 27th annual draft of the National Basketball Association .

The 27th annual draft of the National Basketball Association .

Doug Collins was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mike D'Antoni was selected 20th overall by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.
George Karl was selected 66th overall by the New York Knicks.

Two other players drafted also went on to have coaching careers in the NBA: 21st pick Allan Bristow and 66th pick George Karl.

Real Madrid Baloncesto

Spanish professional basketball team that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid CF multi sports club.

Spanish professional basketball team that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid CF multi sports club.

Real Madrid players during a fixture in 1965
Louis Bullock in 2008

🇺🇸 George Karl: 1989–1990, 1991–1992