George Karl Rumors
The Kings’ All-Star was asked after Sacramento’s 113-94 win over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena what were some of the positives about his latest coach, Dave Joerger. The answer was funny and honest. “I like him and he likes me,” Cousins said. Following last season’s saga with George Karl as coach, much attention will be paid to the relationship between Joerger and Cousins.
An aside on Gay: He’s quoted in an advance copy of George Karl’s forthcoming book “Furious George,” due to be published in January by HarperCollins, as telling Karl when he met the new Sacramento coach for the first time in February 2015, “Welcome to basketball hell.”
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.