, He coached the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.. , Karl is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and serves as an ambassador for their Hoops for St. Jude basketball initiative. He has compiled more than 1,155 victories, made 22 playoff appearances and put together 21 winning seasons.According to one of his many bios, he ranks fifth in NBA history with 1,156 career victories. On July 27, 2005, the Nuggets announced that Karl had prostate cancer, but was cleared to continue coaching after he had surgery. Required fields are marked *. In 1989, Karl coached Real Madrid of Liga ACB. In his first two seasons they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Indiana Pacers; after losing in a three-game sweep his first season, the Bucks lost three games to two in his second season. He is in a relationship with life partner Kim Van Deraa –with whom he launched the George Karl Foundation in March 2012. , The Bucks finished the 2002-03 season 42-40 to qualify for the playoffs, though they were eliminated in the first round in six games. Karl, a person with hefty price tag, does not come cheaply however. Keep reading to know more about him and the lovely Cathy Cramer. They lost in the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs, who went on to win the NBA Championship that season. In his third season, Karl guided the Bucks, led by a "Big Three" of Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell to their first division championship in 15 years, which culminated with an appearance in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals (they lost in seven games). Karl and the SuperSonics responded with a 21–point game 4 blowout win and a narrow win in game 5, to narrow the series deficit to 3–2.  Karl led a late season surge going 27–15, and entering the playoffs as the sixth seed. Required fields are marked *. The 64 wins and Finals appearance marked what was undoubtedly the zenith of Karl's coaching career. George and Kim Van Deraa have a daughter of their own, named Kaci (obviously the whole “K” naming scheme is pretty important to old George). Coby Karl was released by Los Angeles on October 27, 2008. Although he was with Kim, he married a woman named Cathy Cramer. George Karl’s “life partner” Kim Van Deraa was born in Appleton, Wis., where she played high school basketball. For the In late May 1986, Karl was named head coach of the Golden State Warriors; he took them from a record of 30–52 the year before, to the playoffs for the first time in ten years. Despite a rift with mid-season acquisition Kendall Gill, Karl led the Sonics to the top seed in the Western Conference. They pushed their first–round playoff series against the Lakers to seven games, but were defeated, The newly acquired Andre Iguodala immediately helped the team's defense, and the Nuggets finished with their best record since joining the NBA in 1977, at 57–25. In the NBA Finals, the SuperSonics met the 72–10 Chicago Bulls. After Karl’s Seattle Sonics lost to the Phoenix Suns in 1993 for the right to lose to Jordan’s Bulls in the NBA Finals, Cathy met Barkley and said to him: C’mon Charles, the league wants you playing Michael in the Finals. During the 1987–88 season, the Warriors got off to a rough start, and team management decided to trade Purvis Short, Sleepy Floyd and Joe Barry Carroll in order to save money and get younger. Karl guided the team to the CBA Finals in 1981 and 1983, winning Coach of the Year both seasons. This time, Karl's fourth-seed SuperSonics were defeated by the fifth–seeded Los Angeles Lakers led by point guard Nick Van Exel, who clashed with Karl during the 1993 NBA rookie workouts. In his senior season in 1973, the Tar Heels finished third in the NIT, with an overall record of 25–8. Seattle amassed a 118–46 (.720) record during the next two seasons, winning the Pacific Division title both years. After his playing career, Karl spent two years with the Spurs coaching staff as an assistant coach. George Karl and his wife Cathy Crarmer divorced in 1998 but not before having two children, Koby Karl and Kelci. The 1994–95 season had a similar result when Seattle suffered another first–round playoff loss after finishing the season 57–25. Karl has served as head coach of the Sacramento Kings (2014- ), Denver Nuggets (2004-13), Milwaukee Bucks (1998-03), Seattle SuperSonics (1991-98), Golden State Warriors (1986-88) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1984-86). Led by All-Stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, the latter named Defensive Player of the Year, the SuperSonics defeated the Sacramento Kings three games to one in the first round, and then swept the two-time reigning champions Houston Rockets to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Kim is also the mother of the couple’s daughter, Kaci.  In the first round, they upset his former team, the Golden State Warriors in four games, but lost in the second round to the Utah Jazz.