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George Karl is (Somehow) Still the Kings’ Head Coach

Hector Amezcua | The Sacramento Bee

Hector Amezcua | The Sacramento Bee

Hector Amezcua | The Sacramento Bee

The Cal to the NBA rumors were this close to reaching a new boiling point.

Once a playoff team, the Sacramento Kings continue to slide down the Western Conference standings, losing eight of their last nine games.  After last night’s 20-point loss to the Cavs (their fourth in a row), Rajon Rondo said that maybe 3-4 guys showed up to the Monday morning shootaround.  “How can you expect to win?” he asked reporters.

Following the game, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Kings planned on firing head coach George Karl during All-Star break that begins Wednesday.  Today they took the drama to the next level.  According to Stein, in a face-to-face standoff with Karl and the Kings front office, they’ve decided to keep Karl.  General Manager Vlade Divac said in a statement, “George is our coach and we’re collectively working through our issues.”

For Kentucky fans, it’s relieving to not have to hear anymore Calipari-Vivek rumors, but for Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, it might just mean they’ll have to endure a tumultuous second half of the season.

The Kings currently have second-longest active NBA playoff drought at nine years, and according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, there’s a 95% chance it will be extended for another season.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for George Karl is (Somehow) Still the Kings’ Head Coach

  1. secrick
    3:38 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    Your headline could be and should be the same for Rick Pitino.

  2. camara40
    3:44 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    What a handsome young man!

  3. kvltclassic
    3:48 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    This shouldn’t be surprising. If they fired him and hired a new coach I think they would be paying 4 head coaches at one time, at least 3, but I think it would be 4.

    • catdaddyd
      12:31 am February 10, 2016 Permalink

      They keep firing coaches but not the players.

  4. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    3:48 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    The dude is tanking the team on purpose. His defense scheme is the laughing stock of the league and he’s doing it out of spit every since the end of last season. Kick his ass to the curb. Don’t know why they hired him in the first place.

    • kvltclassic
      3:51 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

      Better idea, trade Demarcus to Boston.

  5. Laker Cat 18
    4:22 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    How about this…find those 3 or 4 guys Rondo mentions as being at the shoot-around and give them a raise. Then cut the rest of the roster and find some guys who want to practice.

  6. taylorsvillecat
    4:35 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

  7. chimichanga
    5:50 pm February 9, 2016 Permalink

    That Rondo quote is pretty great. No one can ever accuse him of mincing words.