Kings reach agreement with George Karl to take over as coach
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement in principle with George Karl to become their third coach this season.
A news conference to introduce Karl would be scheduled when the agreement was finalized, the NBA team said on Thursday.
Karl, ranked sixth on all-time wins by NBA coaches, is expected to coach the Kings in their first game following the All-Star break at home against Boston on Feb. 20.
The Kings surprisingly fired coach Michael Malone in December after an 11-13 start in his second season, even though they had shown progress until All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined by viral meningitis. Malone was replaced by Tyrone Corbin, but the Kings said on Thursday that Corbin was relieved of his duties.
Corbin will remain with the Kings as an adviser to the front office, general manager Pete D’Alessandro said in a statement.
D’Alessandro and assistant general manager Mike Bratz are among those who worked with Karl in Denver, and team adviser Chris Mullin played for him with the Golden State Warriors from 1986-88.
Karl, working as a TV analyst, last coached in the 2012-13 season, when he was chosen as the NBA coach of the year with Denver before being fired following a first-round playoff loss to Golden State.
The 63-year-old Karl, a cancer survivor, has 1,131 victories as a coach, with stops in Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle and Milwaukee, earning a reputation for turning around teams.
Sacramento present a challenge, as the Kings are headed for a ninth straight losing season.