George Karl

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

American former professional basketball coach and player.

- George Karl
Karl coaching the Denver Nuggets in 2011

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

Anthony with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022

Carmelo Anthony

American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022
Anthony receiving an alley-oop during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game for the Rookies team
Anthony in 2007
Anthony during his tenure with the Nuggets
Anthony in March 2013
Anthony dunking in 2013
Anthony in 2013
Kristaps Porziņģis and Anthony
Anthony with the Knicks in 2017
Anthony shoots a free throw as a member of Team USA during the 2012 Summer Olympics
Anthony with his wife La La
Anthony at the 2011 Time 100 gala

Anthony was suspended for one game by the Nuggets for staying on the court and refusing to leave the game after coach George Karl benched him during a game against the Pacers.

Iguodala with the Miami Heat in 2020

Andre Iguodala

American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Iguodala with the Miami Heat in 2020
Iguodala warming up prior to a game for the 76ers
Iguodala competed in the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest.
Iguodala pulls up for a jumper while being defended by Mikki Moore.
Iguodala as a member of the Denver Nuggets
Iguodala fighting for the ball
Iguodala in 2016
Iguodala (left) strips the ball from Linas Kleiza as a member of Team USA.

This led to the firing of Nuggets coach George Karl, who just won the NBA Coach of the Year Award.