Vivek Ranadive Rumors
Ranadive is being pressured by the minority owners to improve the product before the new arena opens in October. Divac has little more than a one-year deal with the owner; if Ranadive likes his work, at the end of the season, Divac hopes to sign a long-term deal. Karl is a future Hall of Fame coach who transformed the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets into winners, and when he has had a team for a full year, hasn’t missed the playoffs in almost two decades.
The Kings problems begin with Ranadive, who treats NBA ownership like a fantasy camp. From offering input to the team’s playing style—which Malone told me recently—to demanding the Kings pursue Rondo, who wasn’t being pursued by anybody else, Ranadive has become Exhibit A for what an owner should not be.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the level of frustration with Ranadive among some Kings minority owners is at an all-time high. Specifically, his track record of making significant decisions without truly consulting them is a source of significant irritation. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.