Looking back at George Karl's milestone coaching victories
The march to George Karl 1K is picking up speed.
With 999 career regular-season victories, the Nuggets coach is moving toward becoming the seventh coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games. He will join Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson and Larry Brown in that exclusive club.
As the countdown continues, Nuggets.com is providing a look back at Karl’s milestone wins in his 23 NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and, of course, the Nuggets.
This installment takes a look at wins No. 1 and 100:
Date: Nov. 15, 1984
Site: Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga.
What happened: After starting his NBA coaching career 0-9, Karl was finally able to celebrate after the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-99 in front of an announced crowd of 3,836. The Cavs lost 10 of their next 11 games but went 34-27 the rest of the way to qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Epilogue: After clinching a playoff spot, the Cleveland players put Karl on their shoulders and carried him off the court. “I’ve never seen that in the history of the NBA,” he said.
No. 100: Working overtime to reach the century mark
Date: April 11, 1987
Site: Arco Arena, Sacramento, Calif.
What happened: Joe Barry Carroll scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors gave Karl his 100th career win by rallying for a 124-118 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings. “I don’t remember that one, man,” Karl admitted recently.
Epilogue: The Warriors finished fifth in the Western Conference and trailed fourth-seeded Utah 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs before winning the final three games of the best-of-five series. Golden State then lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the West semifinals.
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