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Category: Basketball, Cancer Speakers, Coaches, Leadership Speakers

Highlights: George Karl coached six NBA teams during his career, including the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics. In 2010, he became the 7th coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins.

Travels From: Colorado

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George Karl is a former NBA player and coach, He got his start in coaching as a San Antonio Spurs assistant in 1978. Karl played college basketball at North Carolina from 1970-73 followed by a stint with the Spurs from 1973-78. He got his start as an NBA head coach when he was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he coached from 1984-86. Karl then led the Seattle Supersonics from 1991-98, leading them to the NBA playoffs each year. Under Karl, the Supersonics made it to the Conference Semifinals three times and NBA Finals once.

His 1996 Seattle team finished with a franchise-record 64 wins, advancing to the Finals for the first time since 1979, where the SuperSonics were defeated by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. From there, he led the Milwaukee Bucks from 1998-2003, leading the team to the playoffs in four out of five seasons. Karl coached the Denver Nuggets for nine seasons from 2004-13. The Nuggets never finished lower than second in their division, making the playoffs in each of Karl’s seasons. He then coached Sacramento in 2015-16. His all-time coaching record in the NBA was 1175-824, which makes him one of nine coaches with 1,000 wins. Karl is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is an ambassador for the St. Jude basketball initiative.

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Watch video where George Karl gives emotional speech after winning NBA Coach of the Year Award