The Sacramento Kings have been a fire dumpster of an organization from management down to their display of basketball on the court. There are so many problems but it seems that everyone sees it but the Kings. Sacramento’s lack of consistency is the reason for their struggles and their management is to blame for that. Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadive appear lost in how to run their organization and it’s taking a toll on everyone under them. Sacramento’s front Office is liable for their troubles but a lot of this also circles around DeMarcus Cousins.
The Kings’s superstar is allowed to do and say as he pleases and it’s getting them nowhere. He basically ran Coach George Karl out of there before he even started and that led to what was a roller coaster season this year. He explained his uneasy season with the Sacramento Kings where he felt the support from Divac and management was nonexistent.
“…But I’m old school enough to think that a coach has to feel powerful, has to feel supported, and I never felt that level of support.”
“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.”
This just goes to show how much pull Cousins really has and how it’s effecting their team. There’s nothing worse than having a guy with a lot of talent that can’t be controlled. It creates tension and discomfort within a locker room and when you have a front office that doesn’t support their head coach, that creates for a dangerous atmosphere which brings me to my next point.
Why does anyone want to coach the Sacramento Kings!?
Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple reports of various former coaches interviewing to be the head coach of the Sacramento Kings and my question is, WHY!?
Haven’t you read the news? Did you pay any attention to this train wreck last season? Why put yourself in that situation?
The Sacramento Kings who haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years are in search of the 9th coach since 2006-2007, which is the most in the league in that time span.
I get it, at the end of the day we all need a job and we all have to eat but there are other jobs out there that a coach can get before walking into this fire pit. No job is secure in the NBA and that’s been proven but NO JOB IS SECURE in Sacramento especially if DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t like you. George Karl regretted his time here as a coach; that has to tell you something. This organization is in shambles and when your superstar player has rights over the head coach then you might as well let him pull a Bill Russell and coach the team as well.
If I’m a free agent head coach, I’m staying away from the Kings. Unless they agree to trading Cousins or really controlling him in the next upcoming season, that coaching spot would stay vacant if it was up to me. That place is just too toxic.