Reports continue to swirl that the Sacramento Kings and George Karl are re-engaging in talks about the team's head-coaching position.
The talks are "serious" between the Kings and Karl, the Sacramento Bee first reported Saturday, and now Yahoo! Sports is corroborating the report:
Ex-NBA coach George Karl & the Kings are having "serious back & forth" talks about their coach job, source said. @sacbee_sports 1st reported— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 7, 2015
Ex-NBA coach George Karl has professed to the Kings that he would stay in his lane to just coach and that he is a huge DeMarcus Cousins fan.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 7, 2015
This is on the hells of a report that the Kings are “ramping up their search” for a replacement for head coach Tyrone Corbin, and Karl is again a potential target, according to Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports.
Sacramento (17-31) has lost 10 of its last 11 games and is now 6-18 under Corbin since he took over for the dismissed Michael Malone.
At the time of Malone’s dismissal, Karl said on Sirius XM NBA Radio about the Sacramento job, “If they’re interested in me, I’m interested in them.”
Karl has significant experience and is a proven entity especially in the up-tempo offense that Kings management craves.
A cozy national TV gig doesn’t compare to being on the practice floor and on the sidelines for Karl, who has a serious itch to coach again.
Karl, a 25-year head-coaching veteran with stops in Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee and most recently Denver, from the 2005–2013 seasons where Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro was part of the front office, has a career coaching record of 1131-756 for a .599 winning percentage.
Other potential candidates for the Kings head-coaching spot include NBA assistants Alvin Gentry, Mike Woodson, Nate McMillan and head coaches that may or may not be available come season’s end in Scotty Brooks and Tom Thibodeau.
In the meantime, with the team’s play deteriorating and the Sacramento fan base hungry for a consistent winner heading into next season and 2016-17 in a new downtown arena, the Kings' patience over the head coaching job is clearly wearing thin.
The Kings have four games before the All-Star break which could be an opportune time for Sacramento to make a change.
Sacramento is at Utah Saturday, home for Phoenix on Sunday, at Chicago on Tuesday and at Milwaukee on Wednesday.