Kings Land George Karl as Head Coach
The Sacramento Kings haven’t had a stable, competent mind at head coach since the days of Rick Adelman. Now they do. Per reports, the team has snagged a big fish, as veteran head coach George Karl has agreed to take over the team following the All-Star break.
Karl’s deal is said to be worth roughly $15 million over the next four years and the former Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics legend will get started after the All-Star festivities. Karl will reportedly assemble his coaching staff and try to get the Kings back on track late next week.
The team had been through some disastrous ups and downs ever since Adelman left back in 2006. Since then, Sacramento has run through seven head coaches and has made the NBA playoffs zero times. The hope is that with Karl on board, the Kings can finally get back to their old winning ways.
Any hopes of turning the 2014-15 season around have probably been dashed, as the Kings are just 18-34 and are at least 11 games behind even the worst team still in contention. The point is about the future, however, with the logic being Karl’s presence can help rebuild Sacramento’s mentality and get a jump start on a successful 2015-16 season.
Whether or not Karl can change the Kings’ fortunes remains to be determined, but there’s no denying his past success – specifically with taking bad teams and turning them into contenders. Karl did just that with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1998-2003 and again with the Denver Nuggets from 2004-2013. In fact, Karl even won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in his final season with the Nuggets, but was then inexplicably fired so the team could go younger with up and coming coach, Brian Shaw (that hasn’t worked out so well).
Karl certainly has the pieces to complete a turnaround, as big man DeMarcus Cousins is arguably one of the best centers in the game and small forward Rudy Gay is an extremely versatile swing man. Karl will have to find a way to get the Kings to play defense and probably upgrade the power forward position before fans can see true results, but with him calling the shots, predicting the Kings to make the playoffs next year isn’t the craziest notion you can think of.
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