March 13, 2016, 11:38 pm
DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points on 10-of-23 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in the Kings’ 108-99 home loss to the Jazz on Sunday.
This should have been a must-win game but it felt like a walk-through as the team is simply done playing for George Karl, and sources with knowledge of the locker room dynamics say most of the team, if not all of the team has tuned him out. The reasons cited for this are his lack of effort in the day-to-day coaching of the team, his inability to understand strategic changes and his constant blame-shifting on to the team in the press.
Cousins returned from his one-game suspension for berating Karl on the sidelines, a move that sources say is understood in context by those in the locker room and upper management, but disagreed with in form and also in function since Cousins has his own baggage to deal with. The scene on the ground is disarray as factions within ownership held up an imminent Karl firing as a way to establish control over majority owner Vivek Ranadive, though the factions might not have realized that in doing so they put kerosene on an already raging dumpster fire. They seem to believe that things aren’t going to get drastically worse with each passing day that Karl is around, but such is life within the walls of the Sacramento Kings.