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The Sacramento Kings have reportedly stalled on talks with George Karl regarding becoming their new head coach as there was concerns raised by DeMarcus Cousins’ camp.
The Kings notably didn’t consult with Cousins before making the decision to fire Mike Malone earlier this season, a move that annoyed the star big man given his good working relationship with his former coach.
Ty Corbin has since been appointed interim coach until the end of the season, but it is understood that the organisation is looking to make a change over the All-Star break.
Karl has emerged as the front-runner in the race as Sacramento opted to make their move with speculation linking the former Denver Nuggets coach with a switch to the Orlando Magic.
However, it appears as though that may now have hit a hurdle.
“The resistance to George Karl hiring by Cousins’ camp has stalled talks and given sides pause about pushing through on deal,” Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweeted.
He added that it is expected that there will be a resolution one way or another by Sunday, but without the hiring of Karl, the Kings are prepared to play out the season with Corbin as interim.
Sam Amick of USA Today added that there was also resistance from some of the minority owners of the franchise with majority owner Vivek Randive listening to all opinions.
Naturally, Cousins would be apprehensive about the appointment of Karl as his traditional offensive systems have been point guard centric which would diminish the level of influence the center would have on the team.
Regardless of all the upheaval and confusion in recent months, Ranadive firstly needs to get everyone on the same page and figure out a rebuilding plan and stick with it for the foreseeable future.