Kings Notes: Karl, Lawson, Barnes

Not many in Sacramento seem to be surprised about the content in former Kings coach George Karl‘s forthcoming book “Furious George” nor to the reaction the book has received, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes. Out of all the team’s six coaches over the past seven-plus seasons, no one ignited as much frustration and negative feelings throughout the organization like Karl did, Jones explains. Karl’s relationship (or lack thereof) with DeMarcus Cousins is well-known, but Jones adds that it was Karl’s poor treatment of quieter players that rubbed many the wrong way on the Kings.

Here is more on the Kings:

  • The Kings have flourished late in games with solid performances in the fourth quarters, leading to wins, Shahbaz Khan of writes. The resurgence of Ty Lawson and the play of other Kings reserves have a lot to do with more scoring late in games and that speaks well for the Kings looking ahead to 2017, Khan notes.
  • Matt Barnes, 36, is the oldest player on the Kings, so coach Dave Joerger would like to give the veteran time off, but injuries have made that impossible lately, Jones relays in another piece. Barnes is averaging 24.8 minutes this season, four fewer minutes than he averaged playing for Joerger with the Grizzlies last season, Jones adds.
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6 thoughts on “Kings Notes: Karl, Lawson, Barnes

  1. They can probably get a solid team by trading Cousins, Casspi, Gay, Afflalo etc..

    Kings get Brandon Knight
    Sixers get Afflalo
    Suns get Noel

    Kings get Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, and BrooklynB Pick
    Celtics get Demarcus Cousins

    Kings get Nikola Vucevic
    Magic get Rudy Gay

    Kings get Mo Williams and DeAndre Liggins
    Cavs get Ben McLemore

    Kings get Kyle Singler + top 20 protected 1st
    Thunder get Omir Casspi & Ty Lawson

    PG – Knight
    SG – Bradley / Liggins
    SF – Barnes / Brown
    PF – Willie/Skal
    C – Vucevic

  2. jmgara

    Looks like Karl’s ego is getting the best of him and his memoir will make him a pariah throughout the league. Why write a self serving book blasting players, fellow coaches, and owners? He doesn’t need the money. All it does is serve his ego.

  3. bowserhound

    Everyone in Sac can keep using Karl as a scapegoat, but you’ll be barking up the wrong tree. Obviously the front office and ownership are the bigger, long-term issue. The team will continue to struggle until it is completely rebuilt and Vlade & Co are too stubborn and/or blind to do that.

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