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Rondo, Cousins Pulled George Karl In For 'Powerful' Two-Hour Meeting

Dec 1, 2015 6:40 PM

George Karl was summoned by DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo last week for a meeting.

This was supposed to be a 15-minute discussion but instead became a positive two-hour meeting.

“It was a powerful meeting for all three of us,” Rondo told Yahoo Sports.

Rondo and Cousins were also able to get some lingering frustrations off their chest, and Karl offered back his thoughts.

“We asked him to just sit with us so we can pick his brain and share our thoughts,” Rondo told Yahoo Sports. “What I love about [Karl] is he’s very open. George is not a dictator. ‘What can we do positively? What can we do to improve?’

“If you can come into a meeting with no egos and everyone was humble, it just works out for the better.”

Rondo and Cousins told Karl they thought his film sessions would be better with more constructive criticism and teaching.

Rondo and Cousins said they also told Karl not to hesitate to use them as examples in film sessions.

“I told him to start with me. Whatever I can do to help the team,” Rondo told Yahoo Sports. “If you have to bully me or call me out, I can accept that. I’m a 10-year vet. I learned from [former Boston Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] and the past guys that it has to start with the vets who have the most leeway on the team or the most responsibility.

“[Cousins and I] are both trying to change the culture, change the organization.”

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Kings Could Make Another Run At John Calipari

Nov 20, 2015 1:44 PM

Vivek Ranadive remains interested in hiring John Calipari as head coach for the Sacramento Kings.

Without a dramatic turnaround in on-floor results and locker room chemistry, George Karl is unlikely to remain head coach beyond current season.

"Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse."

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: Ranadive Has Interest In Nancy Lieberman As Interim If George Karl Fired

Nov 20, 2015 1:08 PM

The Sacramento Kings continue to have a situation of turmoil and instability with George Karl battling DeMarcus Cousins.

"The belief still is it’s a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

"If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé – or sources say – he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history. Vlade Divac, the GM is more inclined to fill with Corliss Williamson for the remainder of the season.

"But Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins Receives One-Game Suspension For Forearm To Horford

Nov 19, 2015 5:44 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has received a one-game suspension for hitting Al Horford in the head with a forearm.

The incident occurred with 2:00 remaining in the first quarter of the Hawks' 103-97 win over the Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Philips Arena.

Cousins will serve his suspension on Thursday when the Kings play at the Miami Heat.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Suspension

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DeMarcus Cousins, Nicolas Batum Named Players Of The Week

Nov 16, 2015 3:35 PM

DeMarcus Cousins and Nicolas Batum have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 9th and Nov. 15th.

Cousins led the Kings to a 3-1 week behind averages of 32.5 points (tied-first in the conference) and 11.0 rebounds (third in the conference). He posted a point-rebound double-double in three of four contests, including a 40-point, 13-rebound effort on Nov. 13 during a 111-109 win over the Nets. The sixth-year big man connected on 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) three-point field goals on the week and also collected six blocks and three steals.

Batum led the Hornets to a 3-1 week behind averages of 25.5 points (fifth in the East), 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The French native ranked fifth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (57.7 percent) as he connected on 15-of-26 triples on the week. Batum stuffed the stat sheet against his former team on Nov. 15. as he posted 33 points, six assists and five rebounds during a 106-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Tags: Nicolas Batum, DeMarcus Cousins, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Award

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DeMarcus Cousins Doesn't Want George Karl Fired

Nov 13, 2015 12:09 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has made it clear to executives of the Sacramento Kings that he doesn't want George Karl to be fired despite their current issues.

Cousins knows playing for a fourth coach in two seasons wouldn't put him any closer to winning.

Both sides believe the relationship between Cousins and Karl is "salvageable."

Karl wanted Cousins to be suspended for his outburst this week but was overruled by Vlade Divac. Karl actively pushed for the Kings to move Cousins this offseason and his attempts to mend the relationship were viewed as "halfhearted."

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins Ready To Be 'Scapegoat' If It Results In Wins

Nov 12, 2015 7:10 PM

DeMarcus Cousins was asked if there was a lesson learned on Wednesday as he apologized for his incident with George Karl and the Sacramento Kings beat the Detroit Pistons 101-92.

“Just win,” said Cousins. “(Shoot), I’ll take the hit. If it results in this, I’ll take the hit. I’ll be the scapegoat.”

Cousins had 33 points and nine rebounds.

“I think we moved the ball,” Cousins said. “I think the biggest thing was we were playing some defense which led to our offense. Pretty free-flowing game and everything clicked tonight and I think it started with our defense.”

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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George Karl Has No Interested In Stepping Down As Kings' Coach

Nov 11, 2015 6:14 PM

George Karl and the Sacramento Kings have had a frustrating start to the season but he has no plans to step away.

“I think that’s crazy,” Karl said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “I think I have more energy now than I’ve ever had. I’m the lightest I’ve ever been, I eat better than I’ve ever eaten. I feel great.

“My style of coaching has gone (to where) after my second cancer, I delegate a lot more. But I believe in that and I think it’s starting to work at a high, high level.”

Patience is something Karl says he needs to remember to exercise.

“You’re building a team, you’ve got 10 new faces. You’re trying to build a culture and an energy that’s different,” Karl said. “You think it’s going to happen in seven games? Do you really think it’s going to happen in seven games?”

Added Karl: “And it’s not a light switch. It’s a little bit better tonight, a little bit better the next three games, and then you get stronger on the road trip. It’s a process, it’s not like a light switch.”

DeMarcus Cousins went on a profanity-laced tirade against Karl earlier this week.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins Went On Profane Tirade Against George Karl

Nov 11, 2015 6:11 PM

DeMarcus Cousins directed a profanity-laced tirade toward George Karl following the Sacramento Kings' loss this week to the San Antonio Spurs.

Karl wanted Cousins suspended for two games for the incident.

Vlade Divac said Karl did not have authority to suspend Cousins nor would he grant permission.

“There’s a lot of B.S. out there,” Divac said. “I’d just rather not comment on it.”

The Kings have a 1-7 record.

Players have become more frustrated over Karl's style during their six-game losing streak.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings' Other Owners Reach All-Time Level Of Frustration With Ranadive

Nov 11, 2015 6:02 PM

Some of the Sacramento Kings' minority owners have an all-time high level of frustration with how Vivek Ranadive has run the franchise.

Ranadive has a track record of making significant decisions without truly consulting with them first.

The Kings have a 1-7 record to begin the season and the job of George Karl is already in jeopardy.

After the Kings lost their sixth straight game, Ranadive brought Drake into their locker room.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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