After DeMarcus Cousins trashed the Kings, George Karl clapped back

Former Sacramento Kings coach George Karl responded to DeMarcus Cousins’ comments about his time with the team. He said that he had a great time working with the Kings.

Marc J. Spears of Andscape interviewed DeMarcus Cousins and asked him what he would change if he could go back in time and change anything. “I would’ve skipped my draft workout [in Sacramento],” Cousins said.

What did Sac do for me? Besides say my name [draft day]. I did more for them than they did for me. That’s just being honest. Just being 100% honest. I had two owners, three GMs, seven coaches in seven years. I was there seven years. I had three GMs, two owners and seven coaches. Not much more needs to be said.

Karl was irritated by his statements about his time in Sacramento, and he retaliated with this tweet.

The Kings selected Cousins with the fifth overall choice in the 2010 draft. He played for the franchise for seven seasons before being moved to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017.

Cousins’ time with the Kings was full of ups and downs. He was suspended multiple times and was frequently regarded as tough by the staff.

The relationship between George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins was strained

During the 2014–15 season, Karl took over as the Kings’ head coach. He made news when he declared of Cousins, “no player is untradeable.” According to the Sacramento Bee, Karl feels this is what caused their troubles.

“I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz,” said Karl. “Some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable.

Cousins and Karl used to get into fights all the time. One incident occurred after the game following the Kings’ loss against the San Antonio Spurs.

According to ESPN, Cousins used obscenities toward Karl and was fined instead of being punished. This incident, Karl believed, demonstrated the Cousins’ absolute power. In 2016, Karl was sacked by the Kings.

According to Karl’s tweet, the two have still not made amends.