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Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (64) / 5/12/1951
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185

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The Kings practiced with an 18-second shot clock on Wednesday.
This is another sign that they're going to push the pace. They were running fairly fast in the Karl era last year, but the addition of Rajon Rondo may have caused some doubt. Still, expect them to be in the top 10 for pace. Sep 30 - 7:40 PM

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Vlade Divac acknowledged that the situation between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl "isn't pretty right now," but said he expects both to be with the Kings when the 2015-16 season begins.

Vlade is hopeful that Karl and Cousins can put aside their differences and just make things work, and it'll be interesting to see if that can happen. Sacramento has a rather combustible group with Cousins and Rajon Rondo on the roster, and with their current pursuit of Josh Smith, things could get even more... interesting. It's a players' league, so if the decision comes down to retaining Karl or Cousins, Karl will likely be the one shipped out of town.
Jul 9 - 6:12 PM

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has reportedly hired lawyers to find a loophole in George Karl's contract which would allow him to be fired.

Karl can be fired at any time, of course, but Ranadive would be on the hook for millions of dollars unless his legal team finds an unlikely means of egress. Ranadive denied pursuing John Calipari to replace Karl as head coach, but at this point it's getting hard to envision Karl beginning 2015-16 on the Kings' sidelines.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 30 - 8:59 PM

George Karl is reportedly no longer in the loop on Sacramento's draft discussions.

Karl was hired to be the head coach of the Kings, but perhaps he was more interested in a front office role. The drama between Karl, DeMarcus Cousins, and Sacramento management isn't going to go away any time soon, and it'll be interesting to see if Karl still has a job in September. The Kings have had five head coaches in the past four seasons, and nine in the past 10 seasons, which is generally not an indication of a smoothly running organization.
Jun 25 - 6:11 PM

The Kings have discussed firing head coach George Karl, according to sources of Chris Broussard.

An earlier report stated that firing Karl had not even been discussed, so this report by Broussard directly contradicts that. Perhaps a compromise between these two contradictory reports would be that it's being considered, but firing Karl isn't something that will happen immediately. "If you fire Karl, now you can't control [DeMarcus] Cousins because he'll know he's running the place," the source said. "Now he'll feel like he's telling you what to do." The NBA is a players league, so if someone is to go in this situation, it's more likely be Karl than Cousins.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 5:17 PM

The Kings reportedly do not intend to fire George Karl.

There's a hefty amount of tension between Karl and the Sacramento front office right now due to the DeMarcus Cousins fiasco, but it looks like the Kings are going to try and work through this mess. For what it's worth, Cousins Tweeted on Thursday "What's done in the dark comes to the light," and this is just two days after his cryptic snake in the grass Tweet, so he's probably not happy with all the rumors.
Jun 25 - 4:36 PM

Kings' owner Vivek Ranadive is reportedly frustrated with the rift between George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins because when Karl was hired he said he would not involve himself in personnel decisions.

The ones making the basketball decisions in Sacramento have repeatedly stated that they really have no desire to trade Cousins, so this really isn't a good look for Karl. To say the Kings' front office has been dysfunctional over the past few years would be a bit of an understatement, and if they end up firing Karl, the Kings would be with their fourth head coach in just two seasons of basketball.
Jun 25 - 2:14 PM

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Kings could part ways with DeMarcus Cousins or George Karl.

While Kyler says neither move is likely to happen immediately, it would be a major surprise to see the Kings part ways with the head coach they hired just four months ago. Karl has reportedly been a main source of the Kings' desire to trade Cousins, but Kyler's report may indicate that the veteran head coach has overplayed his hand. We'll keep a close eye on this devolving situation.
Jun 25 - 1:31 PM

The Kings are willing to move the No. 6 pick in the draft if it brings back a "proven player," according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Good luck with that one. The sixth overall pick is not going to bring back the type of player Sacramento is reportedly hoping to land, and Kings fans have to be hoping that the team doesn't take a shooting guard if the club holds onto its pick after selecting Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas in back-to-back draft classes.
Jun 22 - 8:47 AM

George Karl said that he doesn't think a player taken No. 6 overall in the NBA draft could slot into a 30-minute role with the Kings during his rookie season.

It sounds like whomever the Kings draft, Karl is going to bring that player along slowly, so fantasy owners should probably temper their expectations with the Kings’ draft pick. Willie Cauley-Stein and Emmanuel Mudiay right now appear to be the most likely targets for Sacramento if they indeed use their No. 6 overall selection, as playmaking ability and defense have been mentioned as the skills that the Kings are looking for in the draft. Karl said that playmaking will be more important than offensive talent, and also hinted the Kings may be toying with the idea of trading their pick, saying that it would be "exciting" if they could turn the No. 6 selection into two players by trading down.
Jun 21 - 4:16 PM

George Karl said it's essential that the Kings are united in the front office moving forward.

The writing has been on the wall for a while now for Pete D'Allesandro, who has lost the room in Sacramento according to multiple reports. He is savvy with key members of the press, though, so expect more supportive pieces to emerge until it's announced he is released.
Apr 13 - 10:39 AM

George Karl said that he was unsure who his starters will be for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

Rudy Gay has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game, and DeMarcus Cousins (rest) spent Monday's game on the sidelines, but Karl said earlier in the week that he may give Cousins 1-2 games of rest. The Kings will be on the road for Wednesday's game, and then they return to Sacramento for two home games, so it would appear Cousins is certainly in jeopardy of missing Wednesday's game. If Cousins sits on Wednesday, there will be more opportunities on offense for guys like Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum, and Jason Thompson. Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams, Omri Casspi, and Nik Stauskas would also have the opportunity for extended minutes. Stay tuned.

The 76ers' Snapchat account posted a comment on Friday following a win over the Kings from coach George Karl's thoughts about the franchise back in September.

"The Sixers are at least 3-5 years away from even being a respectable NBA roster," the comment said. Karl was working as an analyst back in September, so apparently someone at the 76ers is keeping track of people taking shots at them. Back in September, Karl also said the 76ers' roster "has such a low level of talent they’ll be hard-pressed to win an NBA game." Even with DeMarcus Cousins going off, Philadelphia still won the game.
Mar 14 - 3:51 PM

The Kings officially announced George Karl as their new head coach on Tuesday.

"I'm excited to work with DeMarcus [Cousins]," said Karl during his introductory press conference. "He's one of the most talented big men I've ever coached in my life." Karl said that he'll stick with the current coaching staff to end the year, and that he wants his team to play aggressively and create offense from their defense. Karl's first game as the Kings' head coach will come on Feb. 20, and we'll be watching his rotations closely.
Feb 17 - 5:54 PM

The Sacramento Kings will formally introduce George Karl as their head coach at 5 PM ET on Tuesday.

The formal introduction will serve as the last step to what had become a prolonged dance between the Kings' front office and Karl. He'll begin coaching the stem immediately after the All-Star break and we'll then get a look at how his system will affect the fantasy values of the Kings' players.
Feb 17 - 1:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Darren Collison
3David Stockton
SG1Ben McLemore
2Marco Belinelli
3James Anderson
4Seth Curry
5Marshall Henderson
SF1Rudy Gay
2Omri Casspi
3Caron Butler
PF1DeMarcus Cousins
2Quincy Acy
3Eric Moreland
4Vince Hunter
C1Kosta Koufos
2Willie Cauley-Stein
3Arturas Gudaitis