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George Karl: Bobby Jones, to Julius’ left here, is the greatest winner I’ve been around. It’s why I asked him to present for me at my HOF enshrinement last week. When asked about Draymond Green these days, all I can say is he is the modern Bobby Jones. 💪🏽

It’s not that George Karl sat at home, waiting. “I always had hope,” Karl said on the phone earlier this week, just before he left for Springfield, Mass., the home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where Karl will be inducted as a coach on Saturday, the topper of an incredible three decades as one of basketball’s most innovative and successful coaches. Karl’s 1,175 regular-season victories are sixth all-time in NBA history; only Gregg Popovich (1,344) Don Nelson (1,335), Lenny Wilkens (1,332), Jerry Sloan (1,221) and Pat Riley (1,210) have won more. But of the 10 coaches who’ve won more than 1,000 games in their careers, only Karl and Doc Rivers are not yet in the Hall. After Saturday, it will only be Rivers.
“Rick Carlisle (the Pacers’ coach and the president of the NBA Coaches Association) does a nice job of keeping my spirits up,” Karl said. “I didn’t pursue who was on the (nominees) table. If it happens, it’ll be a great celebration for me. If it happens when I’m dead, my kids will enjoy it. I think Rick and a few other people really kept my confidence up, saying it’s going to happen. Let the process have some time. “I can’t deny that when I got the call, I was very, very quiet, very much reflective. Very thankful. It brought me to a state that has really helped me understand where I am in life. I did things my way, maybe a little bit too much. Today’s game doesn’t allow for that very much any more. I tell my son Coby all the time, ‘Don’t throw old school out, ’cause old school’s gonna come back. Old school may not come back exactly, but it’s going to come back in some form or another.’”