The Sacramento Kings had one dysfunctional 2015-16 season.
Other than missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year, the Kings’ season was overshadowed by the never-ending feud between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl. It was no secret that Cousins never had a good relationship with Karl, as he made it publicly clear before and after Karl was fired.
Caron Butler, who was on the Kings this past season, stated on ESPN’s First Take that the roster was “deflated” when the decision was made that Karl would remain the head coach after the All-Star break. Via James Herbert of CBS Sports:
“As players, from All-Star break and everything, I mean, as far as we knew, he was fired,. We’re in Philadelphia a game before All-Star break and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘You’re not moving [on], I’m coming back.’ It was deflating to the locker room, it was deflating to the guys, and we tried to move forward and tried to do the best that we possibly could. But that was deflating to the team, it was a big blow and it was tough to move forward.”
After the team reached its peak following their fifth consecutive win on January 23rd, the team entered a steep decline for the remainder of the season. Following their win over the Indiana Pacers on January 23rd, Sacramento’s record stood at 20-23. From that point on, the team went 13-26 for the rest of the season as Karl had clearly lost the support of his team.
With the Kings on their ninth head coach (Dave Joerger) in the past 10 years, hopefully the team can turn it around as they’re wasting the prime years of one of the top big men in the game today.
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