George Karl Rumors
Q: That night, though, did you sense pretty quickly that there was some serious tension in the room? Vivek Ranadive: You know, look, George had tried to trade Cousins that whole summer, and there was not a lot of love between those two, and so there was tension there. So that was not a new thing.”
An assistant coach with the NBA D-League’s Westchester Knicks last season, Karl will find himself in a new situation in 2016-17. He was hired earlier this month as the head coach of the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders. In a sense, Coby will be following in the footsteps of his mentors, both of whom began their head-coaching careers in minor league hoops. “Phil and my father got their start, or honed their skills, in the CBA [Continental Basketball Association],” Karl said. “That’s why I look at this as such a powerful position or such a great opportunity for anyone. The only way that we become better at what we do is to practice it. My ambition is to be a head coach at the highest level one day, and the only way to practice something is doing it.”
George Karl believes his son’s perspective as a player will help him in the coaching profession. “I think Coby’s seen some great things,” George Karl said. “He’s played with LeBron, played with Kobe. He’s been on championship-caliber teams. … He also kind of has a piece, from a psychological standpoint, of how [coaches] touch and motivate players.” That experience certainly helps Coby Karl relate to young D-League players. But naturally, there were some challenges in his first season transitioning to the bench.
Of Cousins’ relationship with former Kings coach George Karl and his staff, Rondo said there was “a lot of tension at first.” “Too much tension. I’ve never witnessed or experienced a thing like that in my 10-year career,” he said.
Remember when the Sacramento Kings pretty much fired coach George Karl right before the All-Star break? Remember when they suddenly decided not to? That was a weird time to be a King, and — guess what? — it did not affect the team in a positive way. Sacramento forward Caron Butler appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Friday and spilled the beans, saying that the team never addressed Karl trying to get DeMarcus Cousins traded and the last part of the season was a slog. “As players, from All-Star break and everything, I mean, as far as we knew, he was fired,” Butler said. “We’re in Philadelphia a game before All-Star break and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘You’re not moving [on], I’m coming back.’ It was deflating to the locker room, it was deflating to the guys, and we tried to move forward and tried to do the best that we possibly could. But that was deflating to the team, it was a big blow and it was tough to move forward.”