For years George Karl has been about himself. He wants to be the star. No matter who the true face of the franchise is, whether it’s Carmelo Anthony or now DeMarcus Cousins, in Karl’s mind, the only true face of the franchise is his own.
No one should be surprised with the recent events that have unfolded in Sacramento with George Karl attempting to go behind the back of his star player DeMarcus Cousins and convince his own teammates to get together in wanting to move Boogie, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Since the end of the 2014-15 season, Cousins has become aware of Karl’s campaign to move him – including teammates telling Cousins, sources said.
If it was the first time something like this was coming out against George Karl then maybe you give him a pass, after all, a lot of star players can be selfish babies. If it was the second player then maybe you start to wonder about Karl. But we’re talking a handful of former players with words about their former head coach. Strikingly similar words.
We all of course remember “Melodrama” …
WHEN THE GRASS IS CUT THE SNAKES WILL SHOW.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) February 25, 2011
Then J.R. Smith a few months later …
To many snakes in the grass got to get the lawn kut! — JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) October 7, 2011
Then Ty Lawson the following off-season …
Tooo many snakes in the field
— Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) July 12, 2012
And then this year’s NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala after Karl called him a “mole” in the Warriors organization …
When the grass is cut…
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) May 15, 2014
And now DeMarcus Cousins with quite possibly the best one of ’em all …
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 23, 2015
And if you think the Karl shenanigans have only been recent, think again. It dates back to at least 2003 in Milwaukee with Ray Allen:
“Ultimately, I think it was the whole George Karl relationship. We started butting heads and it ended up not working. There was too much management of players. I didn’t feel like I had any problem with anybody… George was probably one of the best coaches I’ve played for,” Allen said. “He was great with the Xs and Os. At the end of the day, it became a soap opera, I think.”
Cousins is just 24 years old and came off his first career all-star season in which he posted numbers of 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals. Boogie is an elite, franchise talent and Karl is a 64 year old coach that was fired one month after winning his first Coach of the Year award in 2012-13. That alone should tell you something about him.
This isn’t a tough decision, Sacramento. Give Karl the pink slip and show Cousins some support for once.
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