Ranking George Karl with NBA's Best Veteran Coaches

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Ranking George Karl with NBA's Best Veteran Coaches
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George Karl congratulates his protege Scott Brooks after Brooks' Thunder beat Karl's Nuggets in the playoffs last year.

The times, they are a-changin'.

Nowhere is that more noticeable than in the NBA, where the torch is currently being passed from one generation of coaches to the next.

Recent years have seen legendary coaches Larry Brown, Jerry Sloan and Phil Jackson retire from the game, leaving younger, more exuberant men with different visions to take the reins of teams across the league.

The old-school tactics of the past are giving way to the new-school ideas—ones that are winning games.

Two of the youngest coaches in the league, Scott Brooks and Erik Spoelstra, are leading two of the top three teams in the league in Oklahoma City and Miami. The top team, Chicago, is headed by Tom Thibodeau, who has been in the league as an assistant since 1989 but only a head coach the last two years.

Still, there are a few old-timers currently coaching in the NBA—and the winningest of all is Denver's George Karl.

Karl is No. 7 all-time in NBA wins with 1,065 over his 24 years coaching in the Association, and this list takes a look at where he ranks with the other current veteran head coaches.

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