George Karl Rumors
Karl said he used to believe players were more comfortable playing at home. Over the years, he has changed his perspective. Karl now believes the road is a great place to play. “I think the home base actually has more distractions,” he said. “You have all your family, your friends, the pull and tug of your whatever, your Twitter director, PR director. It just seems to be a lot of activity at home.”
Ric Bucher of Bleacher: The belief still is it’s a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach. If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé – or sources say – he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history. Vlade Divac, the GM is more inclined to fill with Corliss Williamson for the remainder of the season. But Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.
A league source with knowledge of the situation insists to ProBasketballTalk there is no validity to the claims the Kings will make a huge offer to Calipari next summer. Whether Calipari wants to leave Kentucky is another question entirely. He may be happy just to leverage the rumors into another raise, then stay where he is king.
A league source with knowledge of the situation continues to insist that there is no validity whatsoever to reports linking John Calipari to the Kings. The source added that Bucher’s report is “based on rumor, innuendo and hearsay.” Yes, Ranadivé has had conversations with the former New Jersey Nets coach in the past, but they have been nothing more than friendly in nature and did not include an official offer. But again, this was during the summer.