George Karl: The Man, the Myth, Becomes Legend with 1,000th NBA Victory

December 10th, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
George Karl is one of the most interesting personalities and endearing figures in the world of professional sports.

He’s funny in the face of adversity, he’s an incredible leader and juggler of NBA egos—Karl is a fighter, a warrior and a survivor.

Karl’s basketball history dates back almost as long as his 59 years on the Earth.

In 1969, when he was 18 years old, Karl moved from Penn Hills (Pennsylvania) to Chapel Hill (North Carolina) to play for the Tar Heels for four years. While there, he enjoyed success as the team won the 1971 NIT and made it to 1972's Final Four in the NCAA Championship.

In 1973, he was drafted in both the NBA and ABA, but opted to go to the ABA’s San Antonio Spurs, and played guard for a total of six seasons. For a backup baller, Karl was a good passer and a hustler for rebounds and on defense. A look at his career playing stats.

Then, in 1978 Karl scooted down the Spurs bench in his first coaching role, as an assistant at age 27. His first head coaching gig was with the Nuggets, the CBA’s Montana Golden Nuggets, where he would be the CBA Coach of the Year in &lsq ...

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