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

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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

George Karl questioned the Kings defensive commitment after Wednesday's loss to the 76ers.

Karl was frustrated after the game and said the Kings don't have enough defensive players. "My feeling is we have too many offensive players and not enough defensive players," Karl said. "We don’t have enough guts to make stops." Things aren't going well in Sacramento as the Kings are now 12-20, and it wouldn't be a major surprise to see some roster moves in the near future.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:54:00 AM

George Karl said he wants the Kings to "put more value on every possession that we play at both ends of the floor."

Karl ended his postgame news conference with "I'm done, I'm frustrated" before walking off, but it's hard to take his continued criticisms seriously when he's shown an inability to accept any kind of accountability for his own shortcomings as coach, as well. "We’ve got to get better with hustle and scramble, multiple efforts," Karl added. Until something very real changes in Sacramento, expect more of the same.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:22:00 PM

George Karl said his team needs more professionalism and effort on a day-to-day basis.

Karl likes to use the media to send his message, but it often doesn't resonate. ""You can blame me all night long," Karl said. "But when I’m managing attitude, when I’m managing approach, when I’m managing professionalism then yeah, my X’s and O’s aren’t good, either." This sounds like excuse-making, and it's not a good look for the veteran head coach as he tries to get his team to fully buy in.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 10:55:00 AM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 09:53:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 12:17:00 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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 09:54:00 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.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 07:40:00 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.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 06:12:00 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
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 08:59:00 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.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 06:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Darren Collison
SG1Ben McLemore
2Marco Belinelli
3James Anderson
4Seth Curry
SF1Omri Casspi
2Caron Butler
PF1Rudy Gay
2Quincy Acy
3Eric Moreland
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Willie Cauley-Stein
3Kosta Koufos