Blogtable: State of DeMarcus Cousins-George Karl relationship?

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> The DeMarcus Cousins-George Karl relationship is __________?

Steve Aschburner, Irreconcilable. Or whatever the lawyers say when a marriage of any sort is fractured beyond repair. This has the makings now of a “Lifetime” made-for-cable drama or some “Bickersons” sitcom because it has gone on too long. The Kings had their chance to move on from this before the season, but they’ve got too many problems to let this continue to fester. George is one of the outstanding NBA coaches of all-time but DeMarcus (sad reality-check) is the greater asset to the organization nowadays. Sacramento needs to act accordingly.

Fran Blinebury, Toxic. Irreparable. While acknowledging that Karl is edgy, demanding and confrontational, it’s time Cousins is held responsible for holding the Kings franchise back. I was in favor of their giving him a chance back in 2010 and drafting him. But six seasons and five coaches later, it’s been nothing but one problem and complaint after another. Time to Boogie on out of town.

Scott Howard-Cooper, Not the issue. Karl will be fired after the season and Cousins may be traded, but not because of their broken relationship. Karl just isn’t up for the job physically. While he still has a sharp basketball mind and still has the desire for the job, the grind has become too much and the lack of energy obvious to the front office and players. And on the other side, the issue is as it has always been: DeMarcus Cousins against DeMarcus Cousins. He hasn’t gotten along with a lot of people inside the locker room. It’s not a George Karl thing.

Shaun Powell, NBA.comToxic. And it’s sad, really, because George Karl brings wisdom and from purely that standpoint should be ideal for Cousins. For whatever reason, there’s a disconnect that’s beyond repair and neither party looks good. At least Karl is on the verge of retirement and he could probably care less. The real burden rests with Cousins if only because he leaves a trail of coach corpses and is still trying to shake a reputation for being a diva.

John Schuhmann, Emblematic of the Kings’ organization as a whole. Both guys are to blame and conflict happens, but it’s the job of management to establish a culture that doesn’t allow problems to fester, and this relationship has obviously decayed beyond the point of no return. Cousins isn’t the leader his team needs him to be and Karl hasn’t done enough to establish a positive relationship with his best player, but the Kings’ problems start at the top. There’s been as much dysfunction in the Sacramento front office as there’s been on the court or in the locker room.

Sekou Smith, What relationship? This thing was bound for disaster the moment the Kings fired Mike Malone, the one coach Cousins seemed to vibe with in their brief time together. We’re always quick to point a finger at the player in these instances, and Cousins deserves his fair share of the blame for the mess in Sacramento. But Karl has a history of rubbing certain players the wrong way. And he knew exactly what he was walking into when he took the job. He’s the one who undermined the relationship before it got started and he shouldn’t be allowed to put this one on Cousins.

Ian Thomsen, Hopeless. How can Cousins and his teammates be down on Karl? He gives them more freedom offensively than they would receive from most coaches. At the same time he and his staff fight for their players — the Kings bench has earned a high number of technicals this season.

Lang Whitaker,’s All Ball blog: The gift that keeps on giving? Interesting? Ill-fated? Star-crossed? All of the above? Whatever it is, it’s clear that it probably isn’t all that great, at least at times, or at least when their contretemps bubble over publicly. The thing is, as we’ve seen in the NBA, not every relationship has to be perfect to be successful (Hey Shaq! Hey Kobe!). You just need to get along long enough to figure out how to win because of, or in spite of, each other. Problem is, the Kings don’t even seem to be able to get that part straightened out.


  1. Catherine Wolf says:

    I agree totally with Ian, we must hire a new damn coach. At once !

  2. I do like the idea of Cousins to the Celtics. What is the Kings problem?

  3. mike says:

    I hate to see him go but I think they should trade Boogie to someone who will put a team around him. Obviously the kings don’t want to do that so this situation will continue. How do you you think Lebron or any of the superstars woul d act with the mostly collection of stiffs that the Kings call players. If Boogie was with C Webb Bibby and the bunch they wouldn’t have beaten the lakers . If you put C Webb with this bunch the results would be the same only he would have acted differently. I don’t know why people are bagging on the management because the solutions I see here are no different.

  4. Kendro says:

    Commentators missed the point. Yeah he’s had 5 coaches in 6 years but its because he chased them all away except for Malone. Get somebody that has a decent head and wants to work with coaches instead of being a coach!

  5. John Williams says:

    I think Demarcus needs to go reunite with Isaiah Thomas in Boston. Maybe he can become a magnet to attract Durant there and start a new, younger big three under a good coach and great young team with depth.

  6. Β. Alpha says:

    I’ll never understand why they fired Mike Malone in the first place.

  7. bballjunkie1 says:

    George Karl coaching era was yesterday. Players know that u are coach,but that alone won’t earn u an all in respect from today’s players. Coaches like Steve Kerr understand this and allows input from players. Not saying Cousins was right to cuss him out in front of team.But the longer Karl is there it will b what it is. Shame that Vladie didn’t get a chance to pick his coach. Ask Igi, and Melo why they were so ready to leave Denver. Like in any business coaches like players need to leave their egos at the door. Cousins will succeed with the right coach in or out of Sacramento.

  8. Drago says:

    I’m sick of hearing about Cousins and his bad behavior Divac gave him every chance to get his act together and be couched by one of the greatest couches of all time he failed miserably and now it’s clear what has to be done.Trade him and make him somebody else’s problem

  9. Ballatision says:

    Horrible! I think they need to trade him he’s not happy George Karl doesn’t want him time for a change maybe get something for him to build on

  10. Reginald says:

    Sekou said it best. Firing Malone was the first bad move. Bringing in Karl was the 2nd. Once Karl tried to get Boogie traded, the damage was done and it was NOTHING that could be done to repair that relationship. We knew it last summer. It was unrealistic to believe they would mend those wounds. Boogie doesn’t do that. Yes, Boogie needs to grow up and the Kings should go ahead and trade him but if you’re going to keep one, you keep Boogie.