George Karl wiki, bio, age, cancer, team, salary, wife
George Matthew Karl was born on 12th May, in the year 1951, currrently 64 years of age, in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. He is 64 years old and is the current head coach of the Sacramento Kings, as well as former ABA and NBA player.He is an American by nationality with the height of 6 ft 2 inch and the weight of 185 lb. He did his schooling from his birthplace, Penn Hills, Pennsylvania and completed his college degree from North Carolina. After completing a college at the University of North Carolina, in the year 1973, he signed with the ABA’s San Antonio Spurs. His bio includes following details.
He started his playing career in the year 1976, after Spurs joined the NBA. After 2 years of playing career, he got chance to work as an assistant coach for the Spurs. His coaching career started from the year 1978 to present. In the year 1981 and 1983, he won Continental Basketball Association (CBA), coach of the year while working as head coach of Montana Golden Nuggets. Before returning back to the CBA, in the year 1988, he served being a head team coach of NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. He was announced as coach of the year for the third time, in the year 1991.
He moved to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998. Due to some reasons, the club collapsed, so that Milwaukee Bucks fired him in the year 2003. He returned back to NBA after two years, when he became head coach of the Nuggets. In the year 1992, he got chance to coach the US national team. From the year 2005 to 2013, he coached in Denver Nuggets. In the year 2006, on the month of may he became the 12th coach in the history of NBA, to reach 800 wins. He enjoyed his careers with the nuggets. He won his first NBA coach of the year award in the year 2013, on the month of May.
It was reported that Karl was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer, in the year 2010. Assistant coach Adrian Dantley was made as head coach for the rest of the season, while Karl was on his treatment. He again started to coach every game of 2011, after his recovery. He is the founder of George Karl Foundation. He with his life partner, Kim Van Deraa founded it in the year 2012, with the intention of educating people about the causes and prevention of the cancer. Karl, being a two-time cancer survivor, wants to navigate patients through cancer treatments. Recently, he has proudly donated $15000 to Boulder Community Hospital’s Center for integrative care.
George Karl met a woman, Kim Van Deraa, his wife, while she was a secretary with the Milwaukee Bucks. Although he was with Kim, he married a woman named Cathy Cramer. Karl divorced Cathy Cramer in the year 1998 after having two children, Koby Karl and Kelcy. George also has a daughter named Kaci with Kim Van Deraa.
Karl, a person with hefty price tag, does not come cheaply however. It has been famous in twitter that he signed a four-year contract worth $15 million, his salary, to become a head coach.