This is not the healthiest player-coach relationship.
Still, sources on both sides believe the relationship is salvageable, at least for the rest of this season. Cousins wants to win and he knows playing for a fourth coach in the last two years isn’t going to get him any closer to it. He has made it clear to Kings executives that he doesn’t want Karl fired, according to sources. And Karl understands he can’t meet ownership’s expectations without him.
Cousins has played for five coaches in six seasons, and Karl – in a vacuum – is the best one.
But we’re not in a vacuum. The toxic past between Karl and Cousins could haunt them.
If he wants Karl to stay, it’s incumbent on Cousins to do better by the coach. No more postgame tirades. No more sulking.
last season Karl wanted to ban Cousins for a game for bad body language during timeouts, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
This could work if there hasn’t been too much damage done already. I thought it might be too late, but Cousins lobbying to keep Karl suggests there’s at least a chance these two can coexist and help the Kings turn around.
Now, it’s on them to determine what they make of this opportunity.