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February 13, 2015 Updates

The notion of Cousins being talked to before the Kings made a decision set Barkley, who's been critical of his fellow Alabamian in the past, off. The rift between the two goes all the way back to Cousins' prep days at Mobile's LeFlore High. "He hasn't done enough to deserve that type of power," Barkley said. "They stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power? If you're a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon or somebody like that, yeah, you deserved that type of power after you have earned it." Birmingham News

LeBron James, who led all scorers with 31 points but did not have his best night, was asked about Blatt's growth as coach. "Well, I mean he's grown for sure," James said. "I mean, he's a rookie coach, just like a rookie player, every month you kind of get better and better and better and that's what he's been doing." James said more about Blatt, and we'll get to what he said momentarily. But "rookie coach" deserves further discussion. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavs' players view Blatt as a rookie; Blatt believes his pedigree as a coach in Israel and Europe (where he won championships and a bronze medal for Team Russia at the 2012 Olympics) should count for something. There's the rub. It took a few months for things to begin to iron out, and the process is ongoing. "For our team, he's been great," James continued. "He communicates great, he pays attention to details, as players we just try to go out and whatever he wants us to do we try to implement it at a high level. "Every day is a learning experience for himself as well, just being his first year in the NBA, and I think he's handled it well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 12, 2015 Updates

One of the short term objectives for George Karl is assembling his coaching staff in Sacramento and it’s likely that the Kings existing assistants will remain intact -- with perhaps one addition, CSNCalifornia.com is learning. According to league sources, Mitch Richmond and Coby Karl are possible additions. Richmond -- a Hall of Famer, former King, and current scout for the franchise -- may be in the mix to join Karl’s staff. Coby Karl, George's son, is currently playing professionally in Germany and is under contract. So a more likely scenario is that the younger Karl joins the Sacramento ranks this summer. CSNBayArea.com

The Sacramento Kings today have reached an agreement in principle with George Karl, the sixth-winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 career victories, to become the team’s head coach, according to General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. A press conference formally introducing Karl will be scheduled when the agreement is finalized. NBA.com

The deal will include a $1.5 million buyout provision on the $5 million owed Karl in the final year of the contract, a source told Yahoo Sports. Karl will earn $1.25 million for the rest of the 2014-15 season, which will begin with his Kings debut after the All-Star break on Feb. 20 against Golden State. Karl is set to earn $3.25 million in 2015-16 and $5 million per season in the final two years of the deal, a source said. Yahoo! Sports

But the Kings soon figure to have a third head coach this season, with final details reportedly being worked out on a four-year contract with Karl. "I think it's an unfortunate situation, the way it's been handled," Van Gundy said before the Pistons' game tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. "I think Tyrone Corbin has been treated very, very poorly by their organization. I think the way they have treated him is unfortunate and inexcusable for one of the real class acts in our business." Booth Newspapers

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