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Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (65) / 5/12/1951
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
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George Karl believes that Vlade Divac has a tough task ahead in constructing a proper roster around DeMarcus Cousins.
"The roster needs to be tinkered with," Karl said in a wide-ranging interview. "He is going to be in for an NBA free agency unlike anything we have ever seen. If the decision is made to keep Cuz, you have to put the right players around him. But it can’t be about Cousins. You have to make basketball decisions." Karl is right that the roster needs work, but he could never find common ground with the team's franchise player, and it doesn't make sense to execute basketball decisions without considering how they will potentially impact the star you're trying to build around. May 2 - 12:56 PM

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George Karl has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

This move comes as no surprise after Karl's Kings squad suffered to a subpar record that included a tenuous relationship between Karl and franchise player DeMarcus Cousins. While Scott Brooks, Kevin McHale, and Tom Thibodeau have all been mentioned as potential replacements, this is likely the last we see of George Karl as an NBA head coach.
Apr 14 - 1:44 PM

George Karl will reportedly be fired on Thursday.

The dysfunction of the Sacramento franchise cannot solely be attributed to Karl, but his rocky relationship with Kings' franchise piece DeMarcus Cousins certainly didn't do him any favors in terms of job security. The Kings allowed opposing teams to score 109.0 points per game under Karl, which was not only the worst mark in the NBA this season, but was also the sixth-most points allowed by a team over the past 20 seasons. So far, Kevin McHale, Mark Jackson, Tom Thibodeau, Scotty Brooks, Jeff Hornacek and Vinny Del Negro have been mentioned as potential candidates to replace Karl at the helm in Sacramento.
Apr 13 - 1:40 PM

According to the Sacramento Bee, "there have been issues with practices, defensive concepts and player rotations all season" among Kings players.

Why was George Karl hired again? His team has displayed no tangible improvement since the season started, Karl has effectively isolated his superstar and he's displayed no willingness to try something new when the status quo hasn't been working. Sacramento's season can't end soon enough.
Mar 14 - 11:23 AM

George Karl will coach Friday's game vs. the Magic.

Karl had a procedure on Thursday to remove a skin cancer spot from the side of his neck, but he said he's fine, and the fact that he's coaching tonight's game falls in line with that statement.
Mar 11 - 8:31 PM

George Karl is set to undergo a procedure on Thursday related to cancer in his throat.

The two-time cancer survivor told reporters that the surgery isn't serious and only expects to miss practice on Thursday. This thankfully sounds like a positive outcome to a potentially scary situation and we wish Coach Karl the best as he recovers.
Mar 10 - 9:16 AM

The Kings have reportedly fired assistant coach Vance Walberg.

Walberg, a designated offensive coach under George Karl, will be replaced by "a defensive minded coach." We'll keep an eye on the Kings' gameplan over the coming weeks, but this is unlikely to cause any seismic shifts in player values.
Feb 17 - 9:01 PM

The Sacramento Kings now plan to keep George Karl as head coach, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Coach Karl and GM Vlade Divac reportedly had a long meeting on Tuesday in Philly and got their differences worked out, or at least out on the table. "George is our coach and we're collectively working through our issues," Divac wrote in a statement to ESPN. While they may put it off for a bit, this marriage still appears to be heading toward a divorce sooner or later. There's still the issue that it appears the team has stopped listening to Karl, so it will be interesting to see what happens going forward.
Feb 9 - 1:42 PM

According to sources of ESPN's Marc Stein, the Kings are expected to fire coach George Karl in the coming days.

Karl has been on the hot seat for a while now and it doesn't help that the Kings have lost four straight games, and the last three haven't exactly been close. The Kings don't play again until Wednesday vs. the 76ers, so it will be interesting to see if they make a change prior to that one. Kings assistant coach Corliss Williamson is said to be the favorite to replace Karl, but that is all speculation for now.
Feb 8 - 10:27 PM

Kings players have "tuned out" George Karl, sources told The Vertical's Chris Mannix.

Additionally, the players are "privately seething over inefficient practices and shootarounds, and ineffective in-game adjustments from the bench." Per Mannix, "the front office's confidence in Karl has almost completely eroded," and it's gotten so bad under Vivek Ranadive's watch that minority owners "have quietly explored ways to seize controlling interest" from him. Things are not fine in Sacramento, and it would be shocking if the team didn't make (another) change at head coach.
Feb 8 - 11:47 AM

Prior to Sunday's loss to the Celtics, George Karl insisted he wasn't worried about his coaching status.

Maybe he should be. "I don't have any control over what other people are thinking or saying. That's their storm," Karl said. "I don't believe I'm in limbo." Karl has offered a litany of excuses throughout the season, but the reality is he's become predictable, is losing the locker room and the Kings haven't displayed any consistent signs of progress through the first half of the season. Previously it was playoffs or bust for Karl, but he may not even survive through the All-Star break now. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 9:10 AM

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Kings are indeed weighing coach George Karl's future now.

They may have wanted to wait until the All-Star break, but it might not even happen. Worse yet, the next two games are in Boston and in Cleveland, so it might be tough for Karl to make it through that gauntlet. Karl is in Boston running practice on Saturday.
Feb 6 - 4:23 PM

The Kings are weighing the dismissal of coach George Karl, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, that didn't take long and it's hard not to think about DeMarcus Cousins' comments from earlier this evening. Cousins said the team losing isn't because of the players and said it's "a bigger issue." There were some pretty heavy rumors of Karl and Cousins having problems back in the summer and it looks like it's back on. The Kings are in Boston on Sunday, so that should be fun with all the Boogie-Boston trade rumors from the summer, as well.
Feb 6 - 2:40 AM

George Karl (gastroenteritis) is expected to coach Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

Karl was dealing with a stomach bug on Thursday, and wasn't able to coach that game, but he'll be back out there Saturday night.
Jan 29 - 9:01 PM

George Karl (gastroenteritis) will not coach Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Chad Iske will coach the team tonight, but it's just a stomach bug for Karl and he should be back with the team in time for Saturday's game in Memphis. There aren't any fantasy implications with this news.
Jan 28 - 6:59 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Darren Collison
2Isaiah Cousins
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Ben McLemore
3Garrett Temple
4Malachi Richardson
SF1Rudy Gay
2Matt Barnes
3Omri Casspi
PF1Willie Cauley-Stein
2Anthony Tolliver
3Eric Moreland
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Kosta Koufos
3Georgios Papagiannis
4Skal Labissiere