There’s a certain level of empathy coach George Karl has for the Kings after more than a week on the job.
The Kings are playing for their third coach this season. They’re being asked to change for a second time this season.
“There’s a lot of philosophical difference from what they’ve been doing and what I’d like to do,” Karl said. “... I think we’re in that gray area of the experiment.”
Karl knows he has to be patient. But patience shouldn’t be confused with acceptance of how things have been.
The Kings’ dependency on taking contested shots, not passing enough and committing turnovers aren’t things Karl wants to carry over into next season.
The Kings are far from being what Karl wants them to be, but they were good enough to defeat one the NBA’s best teams, beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-90, Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings have won two of three under Karl, both wins coming at home.
Karl will take the wins, but also won’t settle for the same mistakes indefinitely.
“I told them (Wednesday) The consequences of what’s going on the court has to come someday but I’ll be patient with you a few more games, a few more practices,” Karl said. “There’s way too may turnovers and way too many crazy shots, but the interpretations is some coaches think I play wild and crazy. We want to play fast but we want to play smart.”
The turnover are still a problem. The Kings had 21, which contributed to them losing a 16-point lead and needing a big fourth quarter to win.
If there was a positive about the turnovers, it was that only two were committed by DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins didn’t have one of his more dominant games with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but he didn’t give the ball away excessively, either.
“I talked to Cuz (Wednesday) about his turnovers,” Karl said. “He leads the league in turnovers (4.5 per game entering Wednesday) and we’d like to challenge him the last 25, 30 games of the season to have much better decision making. I don’t mind turnovers if if there’s good decisions involved. It’s when we try to make the game of basketball difficult and the game says you just can’t do that.”
Cousins, who fouled out after 24 minutes, wasn’t patting himself on the back for cutting down the mistakes.
“I think that came from me playing less minutes,” Cousins said with a laugh.