George Karl was emotional in accepting the Coach of the Year award. The award, the first of his career, bolsters his resume even more for the Hall of Fame. Watch below:
“So much of coaching is you cheat your family. And I want Kim to be here and my daughter Casey because I know I’m cheating them. And I thank everybody… *wipes away tears* Okay I’ll keep going… But all I’m saying is that friends and family are so so important to what I’ve become and what I am, and without them you can not be successful. Without the basketball assistant family of trainers an Steve Hess, and Goofy, Sparky and so many things along the way that make us laugh and make us come together and make us commit to doing it the right way. And fighting through the tough days. And I think, what I hope, that everybody understands is that this isn’t about me. It’s about a lot of people. And a lot of people in my past. And I am proud to have that trophy.”
It’s really awesome to see Karl open up on his thoughts of his own family and the family of basketball people around him. Rarely do you get to see those moments of reality throughout the season. The award was well-deserved and couldn’t have gone to a better man.
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