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05/09/2013 12:25 pm ET Updated May 09, 2013

George Karl Speech: Nuggets Coach Talks Family Sacrifice, Rick Majerus After Winning Award (VIDEO)

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl reflected upon his life in coaching after receiving the NBA's Coach Of The Year Award for the 2012-2013 season. Karl's emotional remarks on Wednesday offered a brief glimpse into the "fraternity of coaching," revealing both the friendships formed and sacrifices made.

"So much of coaching is you cheat your family. And I want Kim to be here and my daughter, Kaci, because I know I'm cheating them," Karl said, holding back tears. "But all I'm trying to say is friends and family are so, so important in what I've become and what I am. And without them you cannot be successful."

Karl, who first became an NBA head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1984-1985 season, had never received the honor during his career, which has also included stops in Golden State, Seattle and Milwaukee. Karl took over the Nuggets for the 2004-2005 season.

Aside from speaking about his family during his acceptance speech, Karl also spoke about Rick Majerus, the longtime college coach who passed away in December of 2012.

"Probably my best friend in coaching, I lost this year, in Rick Majerus," Karl said. "And there are a lot of days I've fought because I miss him a lot. And he's a college coach and I'm a pro coach and we probably had more arguments than agreements in my lifetime but I learned so much about coaching because of his love for the game and love for me."

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