Karl coaching the Denver Nuggets in 2011
Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
Karl with the Nuggets in 2009
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.

next two months, he was a scout and adviser to the Milwaukee Bucks.

- George Karl

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

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Denver Nuggets

American professional basketball team based in Denver.

American professional basketball team based in Denver.

Dikembe Mutombo was drafted by the Nuggets in 1991.
Denver drafted Carmelo Anthony 3rd overall in the 2003 draft.
Allen Iverson helped Denver to their first 50-win season since 1988.
Chauncey Billups, acquired in 2008, helped the George Karl/ Carmelo Anthony duo to their first playoff series win.
George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2013, his final season in Denver
Nikola Jokić was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2021 (first player in franchise history).

The Nuggets later hired George Karl as a permanent replacement.

On January 11, 2007, Earl Boykins, Julius Hodge and cash considerations were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, in exchange for point guard Steve Blake.

Sacramento Kings

American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California.

American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California.

The logo of the Rochester Royals
Red Holzman
Logo used in Cincinnati
Robertson averaged over 30 points per game in six seasons and won six NBA assist titles while with the Royals.
Nate Archibald led the NBA with 34.0 points and 11.4 assists per game in the 1972–73 season.
The Sacramento Kings in 2005
Kevin Martin shoots a free throw at a Kings home game.
Tyreke Evans won the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

Robertson was traded to Milwaukee in 1970, where he immediately won an NBA title.

Tyrone Corbin filled in for the Kings until Hall of Fame coach George Karl replaced him in February 2015.

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.

The 2002–03 season saw All-Star Payton traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, and also marked the end to the SuperSonics' 11-year streak of having a season with a winning percentage of at least .500, then the second longest current streak in the NBA.

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.

Nelson had been brought to the Warriors from the Milwaukee Bucks by Jim Fitzgerald, who co-owned the team from 1986 to 1995 with Dan Finnane.

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

He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat.

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.

Redd with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2008

Michael Redd

American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Redd with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2008
Redd with the United States national team at the 2008 Olympics

He was drafted 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2000 NBA draft.

It was then that former Bucks' head coach George Karl rewarded him with additional playing time.

Cassell in 2013

Sam Cassell

American professional basketball coach and former point guard who serves as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball coach and former point guard who serves as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Cassell in 2013
Cassell signing basketballs with the Clippers
Cassell passes the ball in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.
Cassell speaking with John Wall.

He also helped the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves reach the Conference Finals of the playoffs in 2001 and 2004 respectively, the latter's first-ever in franchise history, and helped the Los Angeles Clippers to their first-ever playoff series victory in 2006.

Under their new coach George Karl, Cassell formed a "Big 3" with Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson.