DeMarcus Cousins delivers cryptic comments as Kings close in on hire of George Karl
After draining a dramatic buzzer-beating game-winner to lift Sacramento past Phoenix, All-Star DeMarcus Cousins should have led the celebration in the Kings’ locker room. Instead, he was saying this:
“I ain’t pumped up, I just got a lot on my mind. Crazy thing about it, I just got a question for ya’ll, I just wanna know how you’re gonna stop God’s plan? How are you gonna do that? How are you gonna do that? This city put through me so much, I stayed loyal to it the whole time. God gives the hardest battles to the strongest souls. The marathon continues. I’m out.”
Those comments are both cryptic and clearly aimed at the ongoing talks by Sacramento Kings management to bring in George Karl as coach. Cousin’s camp has opposed the hiring from the start, but it appears close, with just the owner signing off on the deal left, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Kings and George Karl's rep will re-engage Monday. Front office has recommended hiring, deal terms are close. it's on owners now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 9, 2015
Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro was supposed to meet with Cousins and his people Sunday, but that is different from giving him veto power over the hiring of the next coach. Our own Aaron Bruski of PBT and NBC Sports adds this:
NBA source tells me discussions with Cousins’ camp largely to smooth over the Mike Malone firing, respect his place as franchise player.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 9, 2015
Source adds talks with Cousins’ camp not expected to be a deterrent in signing George Karl.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 9, 2015
It does now fall to the owner, Vivek Ranadivé, and what direction he wants to take the team. If his dream is an up-tempo team, hiring Karl would be a good first step. Then there would need to be others because this roster is not built for that style right now.
Ranadivé also needs to weigh the costs of such a move, something Cousins was trying to bring up. I guess. Those comments were pretty cryptic.