Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has never been afraid to speak his mind, particularly when it pertains to his recently-fired head coach George Karl.
This week, he did just that.
In an interview with Sports 1140 KHTK, a CBS Sacramento radio station, Cousins was asked what the Kings’ result would have been this year if Michael Malone weren’t ever fired in the early portion of the 2014-15 season.
“We would have been a playoff team,” Cousins said without hesitation. “The thing about that is, it was one goal in my mind at the end of the day: winning games. And the way that team was structured, the way the foundation was set for that team, that collective group, I believe it was done the right way. Of course, it didn’t show on paper, but we were taking the right steps. It’s never gonna happen overnight.”
The Kings went 39-67 in a little over a season with Malone before he was let go just 24 games into his second year with the team. Tyrone Corbin replaced him for a short stint as interim coach before Karl was eventually handed over the head coaching duties to finish out the year.
With Karl at the helm, the team went 44-68 and missed the postseason for the ninth and 10th consecutive years, the NBA’s second-longest playoff drought behind the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Now, in the midst of yet another coaching search, it’s vital that the Kings land a guy who is not only capable of rebuilding this lost franchise, but also of coexisting with Cousins, who, as a two-time All-Star and one of the most dynamic big men in the league, is getting tired of the same narrative year after year.
“It’s the worst feeling ever,” he said. “Every season, ending early. It’s a terrible feeling.”