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If you haven’t been following the NBA or the Sacramento Kings, let’s get you up to speed. George Karl is on the hot seat. Feuding with DeMarcus Cousins and owning a sub-.500 record for an owner who is more impatient than the late Al Davis will make any coach unsure if today will be their last day of employment.

According to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:

“The belief still is it’s a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé – or sources say – he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history. Vlade Divac, the GM is more inclined to fill with Corliss Williamson for the remainder of the season.

But Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.”

Calipari has come a long way since he went 72-112 while guiding the late-90s New Jersey Nets, but I’m not convinced he has become an NBA-caliber coach. His game is made for the college level. He is a master recruiter and has come under fire for his actual on-court coaching abilities.

Would you expect anything less from the Kings? Vivek Ranadivé is the biggest reason the Kings cannot seem to get out of their own way. He wants to generate buzz, and Calipari would certainly do that. He’s one of the biggest names in basketball. But will it actually help the team win games? Certainly not more than George Karl.

(USA Today Sports)
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Would Calipari actually take the job? He seems happy at Kentucky, and he can leverage this interest into a raise from the Wildcats that makes him even happier. But Sacramento has two of his former players in DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein plus Rajon Rondo, who played at Kentucky before Calipari arrived. Cousins is a franchise talent, and a president-coach dual title would certainly be appealing.

Kings general manager Vlade Divac didn’t hire Karl, and though he said the coach would remain through the rest of this season, Divac has given multiples indications he’s on a different page than Karl.

I would not be surprised if Karl is gone tomorrow, or in two months from now. The likelihood he remains with the team for the whole season is looking less secure with each passing day.

What are your thoughts on John Calipari being the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings? Let me know in the comments below.

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