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There’s still no love lost between George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins

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The beef between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl remains as strong as ever. The two famously clashed during Karl's tenure as the Sacramento Kings head coach, and based on Karl's tweet on Friday those feelings remain as bitter as ever.

Karl is of course referencing Boogie's famed snake in the grass tweet of 🌾🐍🌾.

It's fascinating to reflect on the George Karl era in Sacramento. Karl had missed the playoffs only 3 times in his head coaching career, and only once since 1991. Yet he missed the playoffs twice with the Kings and seemingly ended his NBA career.

Karl was hired just a few short months after the Kings inexplicably fired Michael Malone. Malone's firing upset fans and players. But after a short time with Ty Corbin, Karl seemed like a godsend to fans. I was eager and excited for the Kings to hire Karl. He was a proven coach who had success at every stop in his career. He'd had success with star centers. Hiring Karl seemed like a good move.

Perhaps the wounds of Malone's firing were just too fresh. Maybe Karl's coaching style no longer meshed with stars of the modern era. Maybe Boogie was just an asshole. Whatever the reason, it didn't work.

I wanted the Kings to hire Karl, and was excited when they finally did. But I ended up hating the Karl era. Karl has admitted that he made mistakes in how he handled the Kings, but he's also been quick to blame others (notably Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadive) for his failures in Sacramento. We can never really know who was to blame, but it was likely a shared blame between Karl, Cousins, Vivek and Vlade.

All that said, Karl is still someone I like as a person. He's done nothing but praise the city and fans of Sacramento since leaving. I could do without his blaming of everyone around him for how his Kings tenure turned out, but that barb at Boogie is undeniably funny.

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02kingsfan
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October 23, 2020 7:14 pm

Ty Corbin as the head coach…….still one of the most baffling moves in the Vivek era……

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October 23, 2020 8:05 pm
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Two more baffling moves in the Vivek era: (Exhibit B, and Exhibit A)
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October 23, 2020 8:18 pm
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“Just smile for the camera and you’ll get a two year paid vacation…”

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October 24, 2020 4:24 am
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And the mofo still didn’t smile!

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October 23, 2020 7:42 pm

Karl had missed the playoffs only 3 times in his head coaching career, and only once since 1991.
He was a proven coach who had success at every stop in his career. He’d had success with star centers.
quick to blame others (notably Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadive) 7 years no playoffs

I think you answered your own question about who’s to blame.

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October 23, 2020 7:46 pm

Thanks for the write up. Boogie had massive value…way higher than Buddy. I am sure Karl saw a crappy team with a few good parts that could be moved for cheaper harder working parts. Vivek was still too new, and cocksure to understand this… & years later I hope he can get out of the FO’s way.

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October 23, 2020 8:08 pm

It’s OK, Vlade will fix it!

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October 23, 2020 8:22 pm

That’s pretty damn funny.

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October 23, 2020 9:48 pm

Thats fucking awesome.

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October 23, 2020 10:45 pm

I get the feeling that Boogie and Karl both kinda suck.

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October 24, 2020 3:33 am

I am going to agree with that completely in terms their professionalism as Kings coach and lead player. In other contexts, I am not so negative!

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October 24, 2020 6:18 am

Probably accurate. But only one’s going to the Hall of Fame.

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October 24, 2020 7:10 am
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Yup.

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October 24, 2020 9:19 am

Anyone interested in learning more about George Karl’s thoughts about black men being raised without fathers should read this article in The Undefeated. If you would like to read how Karl’s behavior impacted Kendall Gill’s mental health you can read about it in this New York Times article. If you have enough time, then make sure to read about how Andre Iguodala was so alarmed by Karl’s plan to send €œhit men€ to intentionally injure Steph Curry that he felt he needed to inform Mark Jackson.

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October 24, 2020 11:26 am
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Yeah I mean to just tweet that out randomly after all this time. Wow. So much for the coach being the adult in the room.

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October 24, 2020 5:51 pm
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You’re late!!

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October 24, 2020 10:29 pm
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I’m on vacation! I’ve been cruising around checking out sequoias, and the internet isn’t that great, so I had to wait until I had a good connection to post my Karl diatribe.

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October 25, 2020 12:13 pm
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I do stipulate that this was a high quality diatribe.

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October 24, 2020 10:24 am

Karl is IMO a bit of scenile man not wanting to take responsibility for the fact he was washed up and could barely stand or speak here

you get the impression he blames cousins for his misfortune here

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October 24, 2020 5:55 pm
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LOL. Cousins was at his peak assholeishness when Karl was here. And Karl knew the guy should have been traded. But that’s because he was the only guy in the room who was qualified to be there.

Karl is indeed a jerk, but he was (and is) right about Cousins.

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October 25, 2020 10:21 am
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qualified to be there? Your supporting Karl as a coach here I’m guessing?

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October 25, 2020 12:14 pm
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Sure, he just needed a front office that listened to and supported him.

But sure, let’s pretend Karl hadn’t been an asshole throughout his career.

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October 24, 2020 11:52 am

Just to check, what star centers did Karl have success with? I remember his success being mostly with guards and occasionally forwards…I’m sure Shawn Kemp would be a center today, but I remember him playing power forward in the day. I’m sure I could be missing people, but I can’t think of one star center he had success with and a quick glance at Wiki and BBRef isn’t helping.

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October 24, 2020 5:42 pm
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The only one I can think of is Marcus Camby in Denver. I was in Seattle in the 90’s and the 95-96 team was the only team Karl took to the finals. They were a great team, but lost to da Bulls.

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October 25, 2020 6:19 am
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Did he have Perkins while in Seattle. I remember him being used as a stretch 5 but I cannot remember if that was when Karl was there.

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October 24, 2020 6:47 pm
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I can’t think of one team that DeMarcus Cousins took to the playoffs.

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October 24, 2020 11:46 pm
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What does that have to do with what I asked? I wasn’t trying to wade in the the Boogie-Karl feud with my comment, despite feeling that Karl is a manipulative, self-serving asshole (yes, Boogie too, I know). I was just curious what other star centers played for Karl; seemed like an interesting fact to me.

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October 26, 2020 8:22 am
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Ervin Johnson! (No, not THAT Earvin)

Ok, he wasn’t a star, but at least he wasn’t a L*ker.
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October 24, 2020 5:32 pm

This is one of those stories that loses me completely, especially since this is the kind of story you find so commonly now. I just don’t get why it really matters at this point.

But I’m probably in the minority on this one. That’s okay.

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October 26, 2020 10:35 am

Its the combination of someone who is difficult and someone else who has made a career of being difficult and has seemingly been in conflict with any number of players. Shocked that this happened

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