UNC Basketball legend and Hall of Famer George Karl believes there is no discussion when it comes to the greatest of all time. Michael Jordan is the GOAT.
When it comes to the greatest player of all time, UNC Basketball alumni George Karl thinks there is no discussion. Micheal Jordan stands alone.
As a player at North Carolina, Karl averaged 13.8 points per game while playing for legendary head coach Dean Smith. He left his greatest mark on coaching where he is currently ranked seventh all-time with 1065 wins over 24 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
His coaching career in the NBA began in Sacramento, as he served as a 28-year-old assistant during the 1979-1980 season. A few years later, the Cleveland Cavaliers tabbed him as their head coach, as he helped end the franchise’s seven-year playoff drought.
After a brief stop with the Golden State Warriors, Karl put together a very successful seven-year run with the Seattle Supersonics. In each of his six full seasons with the organization, the Supersonics won 55 or more games, putting together a staggering .719 winning percentage over that span.
Karl and the Supersonics made a run to the 1995-1996 NBA Finals, but fellow Tar Heel Michael Jordan got the upper hand in that matchup.
Karl got to see Jordan play in person. He knows how great he is. It is often said that MJ “played against plumbers” and that he couldn’t make it in today’s game. Karl disagrees.
The debate about who the GOAT is might go on for eternity. It’s one of the greatest debates in NBA history.
All we know is that both Karl and Jordan are in the Hall of Fame and both are former Tar Heels.