The Sacramento Kings players and coach George Karl have been at odds since the start of the season.
Rather than embrace team leader Demarcus Cousins, it seemed as if George Karl did everything in his power to ship the talented frontcourt player away this offseason. The duo put their issues aside before the start of the season, but the combination of losing, questionable lineups and comments in the media has this team on edge.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated is reporting Cousins has talked to Kings' management and informed them he doesn't want Karl removed.
Still, sources on both sides believe the relationship is salvageable, at least for the rest of this season. Cousins wants to win and he knows playing for a fourth coach in the last two years isn't going to get him any closer to it. He has made it clear to Kings executives that he doesn't want Karl fired, according to sources. And Karl understands he can't meet ownership's expectations without him.
We know Karl can coach and Cousins can play. At the moment the Kings are 3-7. They are off to a slow start but Cousins missed a handful of games early due to injury.