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March 27, 2015 Updates
March 26, 2015 Updates

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. “It just continues my amazement of him,” said Karl, the Sacramento Kings coach who played for Smith from 1970 to 1973 and is sixth all-time in wins (1,139-767). “The combination of his humility, and just to do the right things and treat people the right way. He was a big meal guy. He liked sharing ideas over a good dinner at a good restaurant, and fortunately I was blessed to have many of those opportunities with him. I’m tearing up a little bit, to be honest with you. That’s Coach Smith right there.” For The Win

March 24, 2015 Updates

“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi, a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.” Sacramento Bee

If Casspi re-signs with the Kings, his girlfriend Shani Ruderman, a Los Angeles native who has practiced law in Israel, plans to take the California bar exam. She’s taking classes at Sacramento State to improve her English language skills. “Shani loves it here,” Casspi said. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.” Sacramento Bee

The season got more miserable and messy after Cousins returned and the team later clumsily replaced Tyrone Corbin with George Karl, continuing a cycle of mismanagement. “It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” a flustered Cousins said, when asked to describe this season. “We got off to a hot start. Unfortunately, I got sick, so it ruined the look of the team. I take some blame for that. I know for a fact, if I wouldn’t have gotten sick, things wouldn’t have happened the way it happened. It was no way it could. At the same time, a lot of it is not my fault and we all know why. But this has been a disappointing year.” Washington Post

March 19, 2015 Updates

So enough about George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins. As the Kings limp toward the finish line and another appearance in the NBA draft lottery, members of management have issues to resolve before devoting their attention to potential trades, draft picks and free-agent signings. Will they play together? Will they trust, learn, grow? Will they develop into a cohesive unit or expand on the definition of dysfunction? Vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac. General manager Pete D’Alessandro. Assistant general manager Mike Bratz. Special adviser Chris Mullin, whom high-ranking team executives claim resisted the hiring of Karl and Divac, the beloved former Kings center. Factor the strong-willed, accomplished Karl into the equation, and the mix is potentially toxic, if undeniably talented and intriguing. Sacramento Bee

Again, enter Ranadive: He insisted on hiring Karl, a future Hall of Fame coach, and empowered him to begin the player auditions. He dictated hiring Divac, despite resistance from D’Alessandro and Mullin, and crafted a position designed to capitalize on Divac’s unique abilities and background in basketball and business here and abroad. Asked if he had concerns about the cool reception from some of his new colleagues, Divac said, “I’m here. We’ll see.” D'Alessandro declined to discuss Divac on Monday. In a text Tuesday, he said, “Of course. We are happy to have him.” Sacramento Bee

March 17, 2015 Updates

Cousins acknowledged his desire to to continue to play through the various injuries but also expressed concern for his health said that he would “talk to management about it.” Losing Cousins would further deplete the Kings' roster and impede not only winning but building the culture and style of play that George Karl, who was hired after the All-Star break, is trying to bring to California’s capital city. CSNBayArea.com

March 16, 2015 Updates

Me: And DeMarcus will be more effective getting the ball before the defense gets a chance to set up, and bring the doubles. GK: If he's a rim runner? Any time he rim runs, it's 1.5 (points per possession). It's 1.5. Running efficiency is about 1.2. So when you get good numbers in the open floor, you score about 1.2, 1.3 per possession. Unfortunately, we only get him (in transition) two or three times a game. I think if we get him in condition, that gets close to 10. And then the other ways of putting his passing -- he's very good at the high post -- and then just putting professional guys around him that want to play fast. People don't understand, the creation of this system is a rebound. And he's the best defensive rebounder, probably, in the NBA. Maybe (DeAndre) Jordan might be the best. I think that's another progression. We didn't have, in Denver, we told the big men to get out of the way. But that was what their talent was. With 'Cuz, it's how do we fit you in here, baby? 'Cause this is a puzzle that's got to be built around you. NBA.com

Me: You like him as a person? GK: I've had some really good, serious talks about him. I think it's hard, because of the skepticism of his agent and all that. It's a process right now. I'm not saying the trust is with capital letters yet. But I think it's on the page. That's all I can ask for. I hope he understands that the process is not going to work coming in the middle of the season, taking a team that was basically a possession, defensive-minded team, and turning it into a running team. I think we're getting a good pace, but we're not doing it that well. NBA.com

Me: You said a long time ago, you could see yourself finishing your coaching career back in Madrid (Karl coached European powerhouse Real Madrid for two seasons in the late '80s and early '90s). GK: I'm not saying that's out of the question. Two games a week? That excites me. College doesn't excite me, because you just deal with so many nightmares of getting grades, getting them in school, and keeping them eligible. That stuff doesn't turn me on. Dealing with pros, having two or three days to prepare, that's good stuff. That motivates a coach. NBA.com

Me: Was there anything that you took from your time in television that was at all helpful when you returned to coaching? George Karl: Two things that come to mind. I didn't hate the referees as much as I do now. So observing the referees from a distance, you really do realize that they're the best in the world. But when you are on one side of that fight ... I think what the NBA is trying to do with the referees is pretty cool. They are trying to figure it out. They are trying to make it great. It never will be for a coach, but from the outside, it's pretty impressive. NBA.com

The second thing is just understanding the pace of the game. For years, everybody said you can't win playing fast. I think that's going to be broken here very soon, with Golden State, Atlanta. At Denver, we felt you had to be balanced. I think most championship mentalities in the last 25 to 30 years has been tilted toward being defense first. I think now it's tilted now toward maybe it's balanced, and offense could be first. You could win ... I think the superstar syndrome, I think it's important. I mean, you want the best players. But I don't think the best players necessarily means you're going to win. I think San Antonio showed us a team, magnified and multiplied the idea of a good team. It's probably the way a coach should play when he's not in a big market, or doesn't have the superstar. I think more coaches, more organizations are figuring that out. NBA.com

March 9, 2015 Updates
March 8, 2015 Updates

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Kings do look different playing for George Karl. Spoelstra only had an eight-game sample to evaluate before the Kings played the Heat on Saturday at American Airlines Arena. But he said the Kings are taking on Karl’s personality. “It’s amazing,” Spoelstra said. “It’s uncanny how his teams, going all the way back to Seattle, will play with that pace and attack mentality. Since the All-Star break, their team is starting to shape up with that type of personality.” Sacramento Bee

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