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George Karl admits he didn’t get along with DeMarcus Cousins


Now that the Sacramento Kings finally fired George Karl, everyone can freely discuss the league’s worst kept secret: Karl and DeMarcus Cousins just didn’t get along. Karl admitted as much in a recent interview with the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin.

“I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz,” Karl said, “and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable. I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded.”

Karl opened up about the awkward handshake he and Cousins shared at the Las Vegas Summer League last summer and the infamous locker room incident after a loss to San Antonio, during which Cousins cussed him out.

“That night the bomb went off,” recalled Karl, his voice rising. “Vlade was right there. When they supported Cousins instead of me, I felt, ‘OK, I’m in the compromise position. Cuz has the power.’ They sent that message many times, too many times sent it to the players. And the players wanted someone to stand up to Cuz, and they wanted it to be their coach. But at that point, I realized that you either compromise or you blow it up, and my job was to make us a better basketball team and get to the end of the year.”

Karl said he wasn’t sure where he went wrong with Cousins, but at one point during the interview, his companion interrupted him to say he should have just given Boogie some love.

“Do you want my opinion?” Kim Van Deraa, his longtime companion, suddenly interjected from across the room. “I think DeMarcus needs to be loved. I kept telling George, ‘Go over and put your arms around him! He needs love.’ 

Karl laughed.

“I don’t disagree,” he said, “but he needs players around him that are better fits. You could tell at the end of last year that Rudy (Gay) and Cuz didn’t work.”

Kim knows what’s up.


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6 Comments for George Karl admits he didn’t get along with DeMarcus Cousins

  1. deWildcat
    2:16 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    Rudy Guy wasn’t a good fit for the Raptors too … common denominator???

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    2:49 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    Ok, everyone may pile on me for this one, but it’s true. Cuz has to feel like he deserves love to be able to receive it. Cuz has to trust people in order to feel loved and his childhood didn’t really teach him that that was a good idea.

    Not saying anything is his fault, but recognizing that he has a part to play in all this drama too. He probably already knows this.

  3. blueballs80
    2:57 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    Cuz is also not absolved for throwing his tantrum, getting ejected. Professionalism is a 2 way street.

    • Loother
      6:44 pm May 3, 2016 Permalink

      Agree. Cuz refuses accountability and can’t get along with anybody…

  4. WheelerBear
    4:21 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    So what Karl is trying to say is that his ego is bigger than Boggies

  5. jkmann1
    5:52 pm May 2, 2016 Permalink

    I just wanna make it clear that Salma Hayek and I never hooked up. I know everybody was wondering — I just wanted to put that rumor to rest.