It was brought to the old coach's attention that if he worked, say, another 10 more years, he could have the most wins of any NBA coach.
"Ten?" George Karl said emphatically. "Ten?"
He's young at heart, but let's not forget that George turns 62 in May.
"It's not worth 10 more years, I'll tell you that," the Nuggets coach said. "I don't think I'll do 10. I have one more year, then an option year, and I'd like to finish here. I've got one more three- or four-year run in me."
The subject was broached pregame Friday because Karl entered the night tied with Larry Brown for the sixth-most wins in NBA history (1,098). Karl trails only Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson, who has the most with 1,335. Karl was the fourth-fastest coach to 1,000 wins and the third-youngest to do so.
Asked about passing Brown, who also is a North Carolina disciple, Karl said: "There are a lot of good coaches and players who helped my record and win a lot of games. It's nice to have recognition, but in the same sense, we're in the middle of the season. It's always good to 'summer talk.' That's when you go out drinking beer with the guys, talk some trash a little bit. But in the middle of the season, you aren't really aware of it except for a couple texts about Larry Brown."
Nuggets coach George Karl climbs ladder of winningest NBA coaches
Denver Post | Jan 19