Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro joined Comcast SportsNet's show Yahoo! Sports Talk Live Friday to discuss hiring George Karl as Sacramento’s new head coach.
“I had a great opportunity to work with (Karl) in Denver and seeing his creativity, I like to call him -- 'basketball savant,'” said D’Alessandro. “He just understands things and sees things that, frankly, many in the industry cannot.”
Karl becomes the Kings' third coach this season, as announced by D’Alessandro Thursday.
Michael Malone started off as the Kings head coach this season and was dismissed with an 11-13 record. Tyrone Corbin, who was on Malone’s staff, took over and finished 7-21.
Corbin was relieved of his duties on Thursday, yet is staying on as an advisor to the front office.
D’Alessandro cited "philosophical differences" over tempo and pace of play as reasons for Malone’s firing, and is expecting Karl to inculcate his offensive acumen in California’s capital city.
“(Karl’s) creativity and his system and style of play I think is going to be a perfect match for our community in Sacramento,” added the second year GM, who is trying to improve upon last year’s 28-54 campaign.
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“We’re now investing a lot of money into one of the top coaches in the NBA,” D’Alessandro commented on Karl, the sixth winningest coach in NBA history.
Karl’s first opportunity to step up is when the Kings (18-34) resume play after the All-Star break, hosting the Boston Celtics (20-31) at Sleep Train Arena on Friday.