Throughout this entire season, there have been continuous reports of tension in the Kings locker room between the players and head coach George Karl. The biggest feud was between coach Karl and DeMarcus Cousins as there were rumors that Karl wanted to have Cousins traded. George Karl has recently addressed the media about the issues with Kings' star players for the first time and revealed some interesting details.
Karl told Michelle Dapper of KCRA:
“There’s no question our locker room had tension. There’s no question that our locker room had, whatever you want to call it – disconnect. How I tried to solve it or how we tried to solve it – to be honest with you, I think it’s more on the players as much as it is on the coaches.”
Karl also told James Ham of CSN Bay Area:
“The stars of the team, I think got to take more responsibility sometimes for the leadership of your team. I think that’s probably where it broke down. I think the coach – me, and I think (Rajon) Rondo, Rudy (Gay) and Cuz (Cousins) were the three guys that we never kinda got together.
I can’t deny that ‘what if coaching this team without DeMarcus?’ It’d be exciting. Some roadblocks would be taken away.”