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Report: Kings won’t let George Karl hire son Coby Karl as assistant coach

St. Jude's Reception At NBA Summer League

LAS VEGAS - JULY 9: (L-R) Vice President of Media and Player Development Tomago Collins, Head Coach George Karl, Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien and Coby Karl of the Denver Nuggets pose for a photo during the St. Jude’s reception prior to NBA Summer League on July 9, 2010 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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George Karl said he and DeMarcus Cousins needed work to get on the same page.

A potential example of the fallout caused by the divide?

Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times:

Coby’s name came up when the Kings and George were negotiating, because Coby once dropped Dan Fegan as his agent. Fegan currently represents Cousins.

Perhaps, this is a way of the Kings capitulating Fegan. They surely want to keep Cousins – and by extension, his agent – happy. They also surely want to keep George as their head coach. Blocking Coby’s hire could help reach a middle ground.

Perhaps, Vlade Divac just doesn’t believe Coby, who played for the Kings’ D-League affiliate last season, is worthy of a coaching position. It’s not uncommon for management to have strong influence in a head coach’s assistants.

Perhaps, the Kings don’t want to go too far down the road with George in case they have to fire him to please Cousins.

Perhaps, Sacramento is worried about nepotism.

Coaches entering their first full season on a job, especially ones as accomplished as George, tend to get leeway to hire the staff of their choosing. It’s hard to find a reason for Sacramento to block George from hiring Coby that doesn’t speak to larger underlying issues.

Concern about nepotism is probably the most benign possibility here if the report is true, because that would contain the problem. But that’s still not a good look for Karl.

And that’s probably the best-case scenario.