George Karl Open To Coaching Again

Longtime NBA coach George Karl has a desire to coach again, Pat Graham of the Associated Press reports.

Following three bouts with cancer, the 69-year-old Karl feels healthy and energized.

“I love the game as much as I ever have,” Karl told Graham. “If the right situation came up, I might coach again.”

Karl is one of nine NBA coaches to notch 1,000 wins in his career. Karl racked up those wins with Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver and Sacramento. He hasn’t coached in the league since the Kings fired him in April 2016.

Karl’s son, Coby, is the head coach of the Lakers‘ G League team, the South Bay Lakers. George Karl attended a number of his son’s games this season after recovering from his latest battle with cancer, this time melanoma of the eye.

He admits he still has concerns about a recurrence.

“Once you have cancer, you have a higher risk of getting another cancer. I know that,” he said. “But my health is probably as good as it’s been in about 15 or 20 years.”

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7 thoughts on “George Karl Open To Coaching Again

    • El Don

      Karl would still be a better option than Jackson, JVG or Thibs… just saying!

      • Simmons>Russ

        Nah I’d definitely rather Mark Jackson. Dude turned a bad team into a playoff team in 3 years and that team went into become the dynasty it is because of him.
        JVG hmmm I’d probably rather him slightly more than Karl and I don’t like Thibs can’t see him being good anywhere

      • stevep-4

        Karl would be a more disciplinarian coach than Thibodeau, are you kidding? If you think today’s players don’t like the Thibs approach, how would they like Karl?

  1. richt

    I doubt he gets hired. He’s left on rough terms with some former teams, even if it wasn’t entirely his fault (Sacramento).

  2. halofanatic

    The perfect opportunity for him would be if Seattle and another location got expansion teams. He’d be a nice crowd pleaser for Seattle for a year or two.

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