The Sacramento Bee and ESPN are reporting the least-surprising coach firing of the year. After their final game tonight, the Sacramento Kings will reportedly dump George Karl, who will have made it through just a season and a half as the Kings’ head coach. The team has now run through eight head coaches since the end of the 2006-07 season.
This firing has been in the works almost since the moment Karl was hired, seeing as how the first thing he did upon taking up the reins was antagonize All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. He very nearly lost his job way back in November—less than 15 games into the season!—but somehow managed to stick around for the whole depressing campaign. Karl so completely lost control of the team this year that his players were openly subtweeting him, and was reportedly being urged to retire in the middle of the season by the front office.
With Karl finally gone, the real fun begins. The Kings are the most dysfunctional team in the NBA, and you can bet that there will be forthcoming stories that contain juicy details about Karl’s world-historic “I don’t give a fuck” season, how much his players hated him, and his power struggle with the comically inept front office.
And if you for some reason get bored watching the Warriors chase 73 wins and Kobe play his last game tonight, flip over to the Kings game and see if Karl rises from the bench or even speaks to one of his players. There’s a good chance he won’t do either.