George Karl was cussed out by DeMarcus Cousins, nearly fired and alienated by the front office during his 14-month tenure as head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

According to Karl, however, Rudy Gay had warned him ahead of time.

In his upcoming book, Furious George, Karl writes that upon his first meeting with Gay, the forward told him, “Welcome to basketball hell.”

At the time, the Kings were playing some of their worst basketball.

After Sacramento fired head coach Mike Malone, the team had gone 7-21 under interim coach Tyrone Corbin. Cousins was out indefinitely after a bout with meningitis.

Of course, things didn’t get better for Sacramento with Karl as head coach. Things actually got far worse.

From ESPN:

An aside on Gay: He’s quoted in an advance copy of George Karl’s forthcoming book “Furious George,” due to be published in January by HarperCollins, as telling Karl when he met the new Sacramento coach for the first time in February 2015, “Welcome to basketball hell.”