The Kings are getting closer and closer to naming George Karl their new head coach, per multiple reports. Karl would likely take over the team at some point during the All-Star break, but after the following two road games in Chicago and Milwaukee. That would give Karl a few days to get acquainted with the team and get some practices in before what will likely be his first game on Feb. 20th at home against Boston. Karl is also planning on attending legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith's funeral this week and would be unavailable to take over the team until after the break anyway.
No final decision on Karl has been made as of yet according to Yahoo's Marc Spears.
Here are the latest tweets on the situation from reporters and media members close to the situation:
As George Karl's world turns: Kings owner Vivek Ranadive gives full backing to GM Pete D'Alessandro on possible hire- http://t.co/eXHPK5e2L2— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 9, 2015
Vivek Ranadive and Pete D'Alessandro pressing George Karl about his health and stamina. Former coach, 63, is two-time cancer survivor— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) February 9, 2015
Folks close to DeMarcus Cousins believe George Karl will be hired, if not today then shortly thereafter.— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) February 9, 2015
Kings interim coach Tyrone Corbin has been told he is coaching the next two games going into NBA All-Star Break, a source told Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 9, 2015
Kings continue negotiations with George Karl, but GM @Pdoro has not made a final decision on the hire, a source close to the franchise said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 9, 2015
The George Karl hiring is all but inevitable. Timing of announcement along with the 2 remaining games before break factor.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 9, 2015
Barring a last minute setback, George Karl will be the next Kings head coach. Most likely to take effect during all-star break.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 9, 2015
It seems most logical that Karl's first game as Kings coach would be at home vs the Celtics Feb. 20th.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 9, 2015
With all the moving pieces, I would imagine a leak happens tonight, official announcement with presser over break. My guess at the timeline.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 9, 2015
Kings will be able to take advantage of 1-1/2 weeks of downtime for ASG, acquaint Karl with players, run a few practices.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 9, 2015
We will continue to provide updates as they come along.