League sources tell ESPN that the Sacramento Kings plan to fire their head coach George Karl “in the coming days”. The sources say that this move is likely to happen Wednesday, after the team plays its final game before the All-Star break.
Sources say that Kings General Manager Vlade Divac is the one who is proceeding with the decision to make a change on the bench. He reportedly decided to make this decision after Sacramento’s 120-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland on Monday.
Former King Corliss Williamson is the overwhelming favorite to become interm head coach. Williamson does not have any NBA coaching experience, but went 26-62 in three seasons coaching the Central Arkansas Bears in college.
Karl has had his share of supports, like point guard Rajon Rondo. However, center DeMarcus Cousins said after Friday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets that he wasn’t going “to keep blaming these guys in the locker room.”
“Energy and effort is a huge part of the game, but I’m not going to keep blaming it on that,” Cousins said. “We’ve got a bigger issue, and we need to figure it out as a team.
“I’d rather keep [problems] in house, but we definitely have a bigger issue than just energy and effort. That can’t be the excuse every night. We’re going to work it out as a team, and hopefully we can fix this.”
Karl was hired during the 2015 All-Star break and has gone 32-50 in the time he’s spent coaching the Kings. He has coached six teams, including the Kings, in 27 seasons and has gone 1969-1163 in his entire coaching career.
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