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George Karl gets real on not winning NBA championship in 27 years of coaching in the league

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Upon making a name for himself as one of the greatest coaching minds in basketball, George Karl may have shown some little signs of regret and discontent with regards to what he achieved in his previous times of holding a drawing board. 

The retired coach pens down an insightful tweet that speaks volume in his failure of winning an elusive NBA championship throughout 38 years of being the bench boss on the sidelines. 

With ring or no ring, Karl is undeniably a remarkable mentor of his own. 

In 27 seasons being around the association, he coached six different teams, wherein five of them have made into the postseason arena — which accumulates to a total of 22 playoff appearances. With his fiery aura, he famously led Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and the Seattle Supersonics to the 1996 NBA Finals, only to come up short in six grueling games against the mighty 72-10 Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan. 

Karl was named as the league’s 2013 Coach of the Year upon spearheading the Denver Nuggets to a top-three finish in the Western Conference despite not having any star power. At the end, he managed to compile an NBA lifetime coaching record of 1,175-824 (.588), ranking sixth all-time in coaching wins while having 12 seasons of 50+ victories and three seasons of over 60 — true testaments of his strategic masterclass. 

His coaching legacy is set to be immortalized after being named as one of 13 honorees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on September 9-10 in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

At the end of the day, it was one heck of a coaching ride for Karl, which only a handful of people can boast also.

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