Andy Furillo: Kings would be crazy to obtain rid of George Karl

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 5:22 AM

He really likes the place, and he knows more about winning than anybody around here. Maybe somebody will wise up and realize there are few coaches who could've survived the misery of this season love the guy who really knows what it means to survive.

Andy Furillo: Kings would be crazy to obtain rid of George Karl

The odds declare George Karl’s coaching career in Sacramento will latest only six more games, which is too bad. He really likes the place, and he knows more about winning than anybody around here. Maybe somebody will wise up and realize there are few coaches who could've survived the misery of this season love the guy who really knows what it means to survive.

George Karl didn’t beat cancer by being obtuse, and he’s number dummy when it comes to reading the Kings’ tea leaves and seeing the plot twist that pencils him out of the script.

“Some days I wake up and I go, ‘I probably have number chance,’” Karl said in an interview Friday.

Sometime after the Kings’ season finale April thirteen in Houston, the word is likely to descend from upper management. Karl’s work will be done here. The team will still owe him $6.5 million, and maybe he’ll running off to Europe to coach a team over there again.

But Karl doesn't wish to leave. He likes it here, loves its proximity to some of the coolest places in the world, including itself.

“It’s a laid-back town, learning to be a city,” Karl said.

If only it could figure out its basketball. Karl’s done what he could to help, despite circumstances of acrimony. His bosses undercut him the second week of the season when it refused to uphold his suspension of middle DeMarcus Cousins for foul-mouthing the coach in the locker room. The Kings’ hope for the playoffs faded there, despite January’s mirage.

The power of positive thinking sustained Karl, through months of bad vibes.

“I think this whole season has worn out all of us,” Karl said. “There are moments when we wish to give in, but I think for the most portion we haven’t given in. I’m pleased they've kept fighting and that we actually have played some of our best basketball in our latest two or three games. I think our challenge for the following seven is: don’t give in. Hold playing. Hold being proud. Be a pro.”

Lousy as the season has been, Karl has guided the Kings to their most wins since two thousand eight. In coming years, Kings fans might see back with nostalgia. Below scenarios that require the skills of computer science to decipher, it looks as if the Kings have airballed their shot at some beautiful excellent draft picks. They mightn't win thirty games again until the following president’s second term. Such a shame. They’ll be playing in such a nice building.

The time frame of the Kings attaining long-term success will lengthen when they obtain rid of Karl. Going into Friday’s game with Miami, he'd won one.172, fifth most in NBA history. Number doubt, if the Kings bounce Karl, his replacement will enter Golden 1 Middle with several hundred fewer wins, as well as the necessity for a psychological examination for deciding to arrive here. Why'd anybody wish to work for an organization that couldn’t create the team work below the leadership of a future Corridor of Fame coach?

Karl’s successor also should face the opportunity of two more seasons with the mopery of DeMarcus Cousins. Gifted of skill, Cousins is bereft of maturity, challenged of character. He shows number signs of gaining either. We saw it again in the final seconds of Wednesday’s triumph over Washington, when Cousins clapped sarcastically in the face of an official whose call he didn't appreciate. The demonstration earned him his league-leading sixteenth technical foul and a suspension for the Miami game. It was his third suspension of the season.

Maybe the Kings should refund to the fans the estimated $525.000 they rescue from not having to pay Cousins for those three games. It'd give them another factor to consider this summer as they mull his retention.

What if the Kings don’t trade Cousins – can they hold Karl, too? Cousins won’t even acknowledge Karl when they look each other, so he probably doesn’t recognize he's having his best season statistically for a coach he very publicly disrespects. Karl opened up Cousins’ exterior game, allowing him to shoot three-pointers and beat huge guys off the dribble – and some tiny ones, too.

Karl said Cousins “has the talent to be an MVP guy.” But will he ever become a excellent basketball citizen?

“Our jobs as coaches aren’t to be predictors,” Karl said. “Out work is to obtain them better, and I think in common Cousins is a better basketball player today than he was last season.”

Is there any way he could create it work if they’re both still here following year? “I’ve always been an optimist,” Karl said. “Summertime can heal any wound.”

Most day, not just some days, Karl wakes up and thinks he’s gone from the Kings. But it’s not all days.

“There are days I wake up and I’m excited and I think I can turn it around and create it work,” he said.

It’s crazy for the Kings to think they'll discover anybody any better. They necessity to lose Cousins, whose attitude will never change, and restore the team according to Karl’s design, and then it'll really start to improve.

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