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Sacramento Kings Want 63-Year-Old George Karl As Coach, Bypassing Many Young, Black Coaches Who Deserve A Shot

DeMarcus Cousins deserves a young Black coach who is relatable.

DeMarcus Cousins deserves a young Black coach who is relatable

So, the Sacramento Kings, a team comprised mostly of young Black guys, need a new head coach and they want to hire 63-year-old George Karl, who has been coaching longer than anyone on the team has been playing.

Does not seem like a mix that will bring out the best in the team, especially when there are Black young candidates who can relate to the players . . . and who deserve a shot.

Karl has been a credible coach over his career, which started in 1984 and has spanned five teams. His .566 winning percentage suggests he was solid, but not an all-time great.

So, why the infatuation in bringing him on board and not a talented young mind who could relate to the players and to whom the players could relate?

Karl’s impending hire reeks of the stuff we thought we had passed: white owners hiring retread white coaches because they’re white.

There’s nothing in what Karl has done that says he should be the choice for the Kings. His sometimes-abrasive style will go over like a Brillo pad with that young roster.

The best player, center DeMarcus Cousins, wants no part of Karl and his punitive brand of coaching. In one sense, maybe someone staying on Cousins’ case would make him an even better player. The pervasive thought is that Cousins would go into a shell.

Jacques Vaughn, a young Black coach, just lost his job in Orlando for reasons beyond comprehension, actually. The Magic talent level is among the lowest in the league, and yet Vaughn was held responsible for the team’s struggles?

Mark Jackson, who was superb with Golden State and unjustly fired, is available. He might not want the job, but Avery Johnson is out there, too. And Mike Brown—Black coaches who have a better chance at reaching the young talent.

But Sacramento’s general manager Pete D’Allesandro seems hell bent on Karl.

Meanwhile, Cousins’ management team would rather see almost anyone other than Karl, who has a tumultuous past with Cousins’ representatives.

George Karl

George Karl

Cousins, the franchise player, has not expressed his position on Karl, but he has not been happy since Mark Malone was fired in December.

NBCSports.com’s reports that the differences within Cousins’ camp will stop the Kings from signing Karl, if he wants the job. That Karl is in such a position 31 years after his first NBA coaching job is not quite a slap in the face of young Black coaches who deserve another shot. . . but it’s close.

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3 thoughts on “Sacramento Kings Want 63-Year-Old George Karl As Coach, Bypassing Many Young, Black Coaches Who Deserve A Shot

  1. Joe Brunner says:

    Curtis, This is not one of your better articles. Your comments reek of both age and racial discrimination… George Karl can't coach because they are young and black and he is 63 years old and white? I would certainly never let you conduct a job interview in a company I ran. And to state that "The best player, center DeMarcus Cousins, wants no part of Karl and his punitive brand of coaching." is your opinion, yet you write as if it were fact. Basketball fans and humanity both black and white deserve a better read than this.

  2. Mike Brown doesn't deserve a job but Vaughn and Shaw were set up to fail. I'd gladly see karl take over and then Cousins traded to Knicks. lol

  3. Join us here in the 21st century Joe, George Karl is a great coach actually like him alot but he will not win with this roster esp will not get through to Boogie. He will not win because he is old and white and they are young and black that is the cold hard facts of the matter. If this were college it might be different but NBA this won't work. The kids in the league now are not enamored with history so they don't want old people as their coaches. Lenny Wilkins would have a hard time with the players in the league while black he wouldn't be able to relate given his age. Karl is really just adding some stress to his life by taking this on.

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