Karl – at least if you ask Cousins – succeeded in suspending the center last week.
Why is Cousins convinced Karl, not the organization, punished him?
Sources close to Cousins told Yahoo Sports there is a belief that Karl has pushed several times for the Kings’ star player to be suspended.
Whether or not Karl has repeatedly pushed for the Kings to suspend Cousins matters only so much. Part of Karl’s job is to develop a productive relationship with the star player, and Karl has failed badly.
It might not be fair, but the onus is on Karl to make this work. Cousins – a young star on a reasonable contract – wields far more power in Sacramento.
Going back to the offseason, when Karl upset Cousins by saying every player was tradable, this has been a strained relationship. It’s clearly not in a good place now, either.
The Kings appear set to do something about it this offseason – firing Karl.
In the meantime, they have to hope this situation doesn’t get even worse.