Sacramento Kings to Fire Head Coach George Karl

The disastrous George Karl Era has come to an end in Sacramento, per multiple published reports.

The Kings are expected to announce the long-anticipated firing Thursday.

Karl lost All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, and the rest of the locker room followed suit.

Per the Sac Bee:

A veteran-laden team that was supposed to win never meshed with coach George Karl. Once they were eliminated from the postseason picture, the Kings finally appeared to enjoy playing. […] The issues between Karl and the players nearly led to the coach’s firing in February, and this time, financial reasons or a chat with general manager Vlade Divac won’t save his job after Wednesday’s game. Multiple league sources have indicated Karl will be fired Thursday. The sources would not go on the record because they are unauthorized to speak on the matter.


In some ways, a dismissal might be a relief to Karl, as communication between the coach and the front office has not been ideal. Divac fired one of Karl’s assistants, Vance Walberg, in February, and Divac stopped Karl from suspending Cousins in November after a locker room tirade.


Players were frustrated with Karl most of the season, and it showed on the court. They distrusted the coach’s defensive schemes and needed more direction on offense. Players also privately complained that Karl didn’t hold his stars accountable. […] The latest communication breakdown came this week when the front office did not tell Karl his top players weren’t going on the final trip.