George Karl Rumors
By then, Karl had contributed mightily to his own demise. Instead of establishing new rules and breaking the five-year pattern of enabling Cousins, he internalized the continual disrespect and turned the other cheek until that fateful night near the end of the 2014-15 season. “I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz,” Karl said, “and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable. I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded.”
There are too many rings to kiss at Sleep Train Arena. Let’s start with that. “Eighty percent of the time I think the Kings did what had to be done,” Karl said of his firing after his 44-68 record. “But I’m old school enough to think that a coach has to feel powerful, has to feel supported, and I never felt that level of support.”
So any parting words? Suggestions for the coaching candidates that, Karl said, should include Corliss Williamson, Monty Williams and Nate McMillan? “Whether or not they trade Cuz,” Karl said, “they have to empower their coach. They have to let him coach. It takes a few years to build a program. It becomes a culture, an energy force. Vivek wanted magic to happen, but in the NBA magic happens once in a while, and usually is associated with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan. I think you can win with him (Cousins), but my thing is, how long is it going to take to get there? Then, how long before you become a winning team? I think there are faster ways to go.”
“There wasn’t a group from the start of the season,” said Belinelli. ‘Karl didn’t want Cousins and Cousins didn’t want Karl as coach. It’s pretty hard to play well in a situation like that. At the beginning it looked like Ranadive was the man calling the shots but then Divac came in, trying to be the peacemaker between Cousins and Karl”.
David Pick: Omri Casspi on George Karl dismissal, Kings season, and his future in Sacramento. OMRI CASSPI: “Firing George Karl was disappointing. He is one of greatest coaches in the NBA, he is a HOFer. We (players) didn’t do a good enough job of winning games to keep him as head coach. Not making the playoffs is upsetting because we’re a lot more talented than some of the teams in there, but we’ve been through situations this season that are hard for me to explain. The Kings want me back next season, I’m not sure who the coach will be, but I’m adaptable, I’m comfortable in most systems. I’m confident I’ll be back in Sacramento next season.”
Ailene Voisin: Cousins agents objected to Karl. Initially, Cousins was more curious than anything. Agents poisoned union at altar. twitter.com/CarmichaelDave…
Jason Jones: Kings want everyone to know George Karl was not fired for DeMarcus Cousins, new coach will not be hired for DeMarcus Cousins. Karl’s relationship with Cousins aside, Kings saw plenty of reasons to part ways with Karl after the season.