Sac-Town Follies: The Karl Watch Continues
The irony is this:
- Sofware super-geek Vivek Ranadivé saved the Kings for Sacramento,
- But his meddling ever since has turned the franchise into a bigger mess than the Knicks and 76ers combined.
It's safe to say, that takes some serious doing.
But it's the one area where Ranadivé and his circus excel:
Based on past attempts, it won't be Cousins. But by canning Karl, the Kings will take an $11.5million hit.
Karl's a hoops lifer, of course, who's rode his share of success into a positive reputation and an ironclad ego. Thus, he's gonna do things his way as long as he's authorized to stroll courtside. There's no way Ranadivé didn't know that.
But, it's a player-driven league, and Cousins must cast his eyes toward Atlanta and wistfully dream:
Maybe tonight's 101-92 triumph over Detroit -- featuring Cousins' offense and Karl's defense -- will turn the temperature down for a while.
But unless that starts a happier run of hotness, it's surely a matter of time before an itchy Ranadivé pushes the button and this show goes nuclear, and no matter how much tinkering he does, Vlade Divac could well go with it.