SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento GM Pete D’Alessandro expressed delight in landing new head coach George Karl at Tuesday’s press conference and also admitted “growing pains” while still learning in his second year on the job.
“They (Kings players) went through a lot . . . and for the focus sometimes to be on individual players in this . . . that’s on me,” D’Alessandro admitted.
It’s easy to infer the comment was directed at Kings first-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
In contrast to multiple media reports, Cousins issued a statement last week flatly denying that he and his representation were against the hiring of Karl.
Additionally, relentless rumors of Karl to the Kings permeated social media while Tyrone Corbin struggled in the job after taking over for Michael Malone.
D’Alessandro reiterated that he put Corbin in an “a nearly impossible situation.”
The Kings (18-34) fired Malone after an 11-13 start and when the season stalled under Corbin, with Sacramento posting a 7-21 record, D’Alessandro got the deal done with Karl.
On Friday’s edition of Yahoo! SportsTalk Live on CSN Bay Area, D’Alessandro admitted that he had apologized to Corbin, who is now an advisor to the Kings' front office.
D’Alessandro, who worked with Karl in Denver, acknowledged “Things I have to do as a GM” alluding to the delay in securing Karl in Sacramento.
“This has been my process not Vivek’s process,” D’Alessandro said. “Vivek would’ve been ready to pull the trigger on a major move like this the day we let Michael (Malone) go or today.”
An additional constituency was also on D’Alessandro’s radar on Tuesday.
“Guys, we’re going to get it right,” D’Alessandro assured Kings fans.
The Kings are hoping Karl is a major step in the right direction.