The Sacramento Kings announced today (Feb. 12) that George Karl signed a four-year deal worth $14.5 million to become the new head coach.
Karl, 63, will debut as head coach Feb. 20 against the Boston Celtics– the team’s first game back after the 2015 NBA All-Star game this Sunday.
The Kings (18-34) have lost their last 14 of 16 and are too far behind to make up ground to make the playoffs this year. But bringing in a new coach will do good in two ways. First, with this season looking bleak, it is a great time for the team to bring in a new coach to turn things around. Second, it’s a good opportunity for a new coach to start making adjustments and put together a style of play for the the 2015-16 season. With Karl at the helm now, the team will have time to get comfortable with the new leadership and start building a chemistry that will prepare them for next season.
The 2012-13 Coach of the Year has won 1,131 regular-season games as an NBA coach and is currently ranked 6th on the all-time list. Karl most recently coached the Denver Nuggets for 9 seasons– leading the team to the playoffs in all of them. The Nuggets won a franchise-record 57 games in 2013.
Karl also brings an ex-factor to the drawing board. The coach is a thyroid cancer survivor. Many NBA players look up to Karl and have used his strength of making a full recovery for motivation for them to fight on.