Most overrated coach in the NBA? The guy has had tons of talent throughout his career in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Denver, but his teams always underachieve in the playoffs. He is known for feuding with star players, and also coached the disaster 2002 FIBA world championship squad for the USA. I'm not sure why he gets so much hype as being one of the best NBA coaches, and is so long tenured compared to others.
Coach Karl has always been a class act in my opinion, he has not got a great play off record in recent years but has well over 1,000 regular season career victories and currently sits 7th on the all time list. He should reach 5th place by the end of this season and could go higher if he continues to coach for a few more years. After having his cancer scare and with the Melo saga he could have easily walked away but chose to carry on and took a young Denver side to the play offs again last season.
Looking at his career record, I noticed that in his last 20 seasons he has not had one losing regular season which is a very impressive record.
I guess you could say he has underachieved in the playoffs but he has usually lost to really good teams. Denver had been ousted by the Lakers and Spurs a lot recently. I remember the Bucks in the early 2000s lost to that 2001 sixers team with Iverson and I'm pretty sure he lost to one of Jordan's Bulls teams who nobody beat.
All in all, I think he generally maximizes the talent he has. He's had good players like Payton, Kemp, Allen, Cassell, Robinson and Carmelo but he's never had(not many do) a Kobe, Jordan, Shaq, Iverson, or Duncan. Many coaches have not been successful in the playoffs, mostly because they don't have that transcendent player(s). Doc Rivers was almost fired in Boston, along comes KG to go with Allen and Pierce and he is one of the best(sounds like I'm knocking Doc but I'm not).
So all in all, I think coach Karl is an awesome coach and just had been unlucky in terms of having great players. I think Denver has been disappointing so far this year but sure they will figure it out.
His Seattle side certainly ran into MJ in an NBA final and at Denver they have been a play off side but never real genuine contenders plus injuries to K-Mart, Nene etc effected them and Stan Kroenke liked to keep costs down by trading away Camby, waving Diceman etc.
I'm a fan of Coach Karl's, not a huge one but he would strike me as the sort of guy who could make a lot of team's better if he coached them. It is a pity that maybe to date he has not got that job with a real top contending team since his Seattle days ( e.g top 5 team in the league).