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

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Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac said George Karl will coach the Kings for the rest of the season.
There have been rumblings that Karl could be fired due to recent unrest in the locker room (and the front office), but Divac put his support behind Karl on Wednesday. While Divac's support doesn't exactly ensure Karl won't be fired before the end of the season, it doesn't sound like the veteran head coach is going anywhere for now. Nov 12 - 9:53 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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There are reports that the Kings front office is concerned about George Karl's effectiveness.

Dave Carmichael of KHTK Sports 1140 in Sacramento reported that the Kings front office is concerned about Karl's style and effectiveness and added "nothing is off the table." Besides Karl's well-known differences with DeMarcus Cousins, his early-season rotations have come into question and we could be looking at another meltdown situation in Sacramento. We'll keep an eye on owner Vivek Ranadive's next move, but this situation has the potential to get ugly as the Kings are off to a 1-7 start.
Nov 10 - 12:17 PM

Kings head coach George Karl said that he could rotate his starting lineup during the regular season.

"There might be a rotating starting lineup," Karl said. "Right now it seems that these guys – I don’t know if they’re satisfied rotating it – but they don’t let it bother them. And if I decide to pull this guy and play this guy, they all seem to be very, very ready." Karl still hasn't decided if he will start Kosta Koufos or Willie Cauley-Stein next to DeMarcus Cousins, while there is also a lot of competition at the two with Ben McLemore, Darren Collison and James Anderson in the mix. Rotating starting lineups are never fun in fantasy, so hopefully we will get some clarity soon.

George Karl said his relationship with Rajon Rondo couldn't be better.

While Rondo said he was joking when he said he and Karl don't have a good relationship right now, his head coach was serious when he said the two had no issues. "My relationship with Rondo is so good that if it gets better I’ll be scared," Karl said. We'll keep an eye on this situation, but it sounds like there's no fire to go with the smoke from earlier in the week.
Oct 15 - 9:54 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Darren Collison
SG1Ben McLemore
2Marco Belinelli
3James Anderson
4Seth Curry
SF1Rudy Gay
2Omri Casspi
3Caron Butler
PF1DeMarcus Cousins
2Quincy Acy
3Eric Moreland
C1Willie Cauley-Stein
2Kosta Koufos