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George Karl urges the Sacramento Kings to empower their next head coach

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The Sacramento Kings have been on the lookout for a new head coach ever since George Karl was given his marching orders at the end of the regular season. 

Karl was dismissed by the powers that be in Sacramento after a turbulent campaign that saw the franchise miss out on the playoffs for a tenth consecutive year.

While other franchises like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers have moved to secure their head coaches for next season, the Kings have seen a number of their big targets pass them by.

Tom Thibodeau and Luke Walton were considered just that, but they opted to take on jobs at the aforementioned franchises, respectively. Patrick Ewing and David Blatt are reportedly going to interview for the position while Kevin McHale and Ettore Messina have also been spoken about. 

Karl, who had spent 14 months on the pine in California, has spoken about the situation within the organisation and believes, whoever the new coach turns out to be, they need to be given more power to do things their own way.

As per Sporting News, the 64-year-old said: "They have to empower their coach. They have to let him coach. It takes a few years to build a program. It becomes a culture, an energy force.

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"(Principal owner Vivek Ranadive) wanted magic to happen, but in the NBA magic happens once in a while, and usually is associated with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan.

"I think you can win with (Cousins), but my thing is, how long is it going to take to get there? Then, how long before you become a winning team? I think there are faster ways to go.”

The relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and Karl was strained at the best of times, but there was no doubting the center's ability out on the hardwood. 

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The two-time All-Star is one of the most dominant big men in the game today and is seen as the building block for the future of the organisation. 

Moving into a new downtown arena, there are exciting times ahead for the franchise, but they need to replicate that on the court.

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