Kings Notes: Karl, Jackson, Divac, Ranadive

George Karl‘s agent, Warren LeGarie, is upset with Kings television analyst Bobby Jackson for some negative comments he made on air regarding the embattled coach, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register relays. Jackson pointedly suggested that it was time for the organization to fire Karl, something LeGarie is worried will influence the team’s volatile front office, Oram adds. “It’s my opinion that he [Jackson] should be fired or suspended,” LeGarie, told Oram. “[There’s] no place for that in a legitimate organization.”

LeGarie noted that Jackson is close to Sacramento executives Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic, Oram notes. “It’s way more transparent when you know the cast of characters involved and way more obvious then,” LeGarie said. “Except to the fans who take what they say as gospel.” The agent also noted in regards to broadcasters that,”They condition their audience, which ultimately influences the management.”

Here’s more from Sacramento:

  • Karl noted that his recent talk with Divac, which he initially believed would result in him being fired, was similar to their usual conversations, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee writes. “I don’t think it’s anything different,” Karl said. “Just the situation, frustration – everybody’s frustrated when you lose. I’m not going to go into the private conversations that we had. Talked about the team, talked about the trade deadline situation. We talked about going forward in a positive way, in a committed, connected way.
  • The franchise needs Divac to be a stabilizing influence amid all the current turmoil, something he has yet to effectively accomplish as an executive, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com opines.
  • If the Kings decide to deal swingman Rudy Gay prior to the trade deadline, the team needs to receive players signed beyond this season and not short-term rentals in return, Bobby Marks of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports writes in his deadline primer for the franchise. With Sacramento not known as a destination for free agents, it would be difficult for the team to replace Gay’s production, making it paramount that the Kings receive players they can utilize beyond the current campaign, Marks notes.
  • The Kings’ troubles start at the top with majority owner Vivek Ranadive and the muddled messages he sends to the team and its fans with his often flighty nature, Marcos Breton of The Sacramento Bee writes. The scribe also notes that Ranadive has been the one constant throughout all the coaching changes and failed personnel moves, which have the organization looked upon as a laughingstock around the league.

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jmgara
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jmgara
7 months 15 days ago

Jackson is an analyst; that’s his job. Having an opinion is part of that. If the Kings attempt to muzzle him, then what’s the point of him being an analyst. Fans would see through that. Karl and his agent should spend their time rectifying the situation, not trying to shoot the messenger.

starlord
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starlord
7 months 15 days ago

well said my brotha.
who cares what anyone says, this roster should be at least .500 especially since karl had them part of last year too.

kpatcal
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kpatcal
7 months 15 days ago

I agree having an opinion is part of Jackson’s job. He never says anything particularly insightful so Karl’s agent saying that fans take what analysts say “as gospel” is super insulting.

victor gonzales
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victor gonzales
7 months 15 days ago

i cant stress this enough .. obviously karl didnt forget how to coach.the kings need solid veteran leadership … tony allen,tyson chandler,taj gibson. move rondo , keep gay and cousins , stein everyone else should be open to move.

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