Report: Blunt assessments of Kings removed from George Karl’s book after settlement

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George Karl didn’t hold back when discussing his time coaching the Nuggets in his new book.

But the Kings?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Karl’s book, co-authored by Curt Sampson, included some unflattering views in a proof copy obtained by ESPN.com about Kings star DeMarcus Cousins, general manager Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive. But sources say Karl’s views were stricken from the version scheduled for public distribution next month.

Karl told ESPN on Saturday that he had “not authorized” those pages to be included in the book, which is titled “Furious George.”

Sources told ESPN.com that refraining from critical commentary of the Kings was part of Karl’s settlement agreement upon leaving the club.

An early leak from the book revealed a telling anecdote: Karl arriving in Sacramento and Rudy Gay greeting him with, “Welcome to basketball hell.”

But that’s not in the promotional copy of “Furious George” I received. Nor is much about the Kings at all. The book ends rather abruptly with Karl getting hired in Sacramento (and without much insight into that hiring process beyond Karl’s desires in a new job).

Why omit details of a period that included so much good-for-a-book gossip?

I can think of a few million reasons.

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: I received a promotional copy of “Furious George.”