The Sacramento Kings were reportedly going to fire George Karl during the All-Star break. Now they’re not. Yes, Karl, 64, is no longer on the hot seat.
How does such a dramatic about-face happen within a day or two?
“What time is it?” NBA-TV analyst Jared Greenberg asked on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “What time is it?”
It was 8:49 ET.
“Okay,” Greenberg said, “well wait 15 more seconds and I’ll give you a different answer.”
Greenberg’s witty response summed up Sacramento’s situation pretty much perfectly, but just in case you wanted more, he didn’t stop there.
“It’s childish, it’s ridiculous – it’s a joke at this point,” Greenberg said. “Even the Spurs and the Warriors, who are the model franchises in the NBA right now, have adversity. They hit bumps in the road. They have problems within their front office, within their coaching staff, inside their locker room – and they deal with it. They don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to fire the coach every time there’s an issue.”
The Kings (21-31) have gone 1-8 over their last nine games and trail Utah (25-25) by five games for the final playoff spot in the West. There is reportedly discord in Sacramento’s front office and locker room.
“I think right now what’s happening is the leaks are coming from the sources,” Greenberg said. “George Karl gets upset, Vlade Divac gets upset and the owner (Vivek Ranadive) gets upset and the first thing they think of is, ‘Let’s break this up.’ DA, every time you get into a fight with your wife, do you think about getting a divorce or do you think about working it out? You got to find ways to make things work, and in Sacramento, it’s getting to be a little ridiculous. Today it’s good, and it’d be a pretty safe bet to say in the next three months that what we went through the last two days is going to happen again.”