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.