The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl on Thursday after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac decided to fire Karl as the head coach after the team suffered with a 33-49 record and be unable to play in the playoffs. Karl was hired in February 2015 to replace Tyron Corbin and was given a four-year contract but it seemed like he was not the perfect match for the Kings after a poor performance this season filled with controversies of run-ins with some of his players, particularly star big man DeMarcus Cousins.
George Karl was hired by former general manager Pete D’Alessandro who was replaced by Divac after few months. In midseason, Divac fired one of Karl’s assistants and now it was Karl who was out for the Kings.
“After evaluating the team’s performance this season, I determined it was necessary to move forward with a new voice from the head coaching position,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement via ESPN. “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for George and his accomplishments throughout his nearly 30 years in the NBA. On behalf of everyone in the Kings organization, I thank him for the contributions made during his time in Sacramento and wish him good fortune in the future.”
Divac’s determination to end the Kings’ playoff drought pushed him to look for a new coach who can get the best out of his team. With the Sacramento Kings’ star center DeMarcus Cousins, who was now averaging a career-high 26.9 points per game, along with 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists, a great coach should be provided in order shape the Kings’ future in the league.
The Sacramento Kings are reportedly considering Kevin McHale, Mark Jackson, Vinny Del Negro and Nate McMillan to be the next head coach of the team. They also showed interest with Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks who were also named by other NBA teams as candidates for coaching position.
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