George Karl Rumors
The origin of Karl’s rift with Cousins was a statement the coach made in the spring that everyone on the roster was tradable, followed by rumblings that Karl himself was shopping Cousins to other teams. “All that stuff is so out there,” said Karl, who nonetheless admitted that hypothetical conversations about trading Cousins occurred “behind closed doors.” “As a coach, in meetings every year and maybe four or five times a year, you talk about what-ifs,” Karl said. “And 99 percent of what-ifs never happen. But isn’t it our job to talk about what-ifs? Does this make us better? Does this get us in a better place? That’s our job.
What’s real is the ongoing rift between Karl and Cousins, who barely crossed paths this week as the All-Star made his way to Vegas. During one game, Cousins sat courtside with Divac while Karl remained in the corner of the stands where many NBA coaches, scouts and execs watch the action. Afterward, they exchanged a limp handshake and barely a word. “I think Cuz and I have got to figure out how to come together and how to commit to each other,” Karl said.
On the practice floor in the basement of COX Pavilion, George Karl peers out as the Sacramento Kings summer league team finishes up its drills for the day. He is far from the turmoil that rocked the team’s offseason, immersed in the challenges of moving forward. “I love my team,” Karl told CBSSports.com Tuesday. “A month ago, I didn’t know who I was going to be coaching.”
Karl, for his part, told CBSSports.com he never felt in danger of being fired. “With so much of our stuff out there every day, you have to have a filter for what the real truth is and what the hype and spin is,” Karl said. “I don’t think it was real.”