Kings fire former UNC player George Karl after 1 full season as coach

George Karl.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Sacramento Kings have fired coach George Karl after his first full season with the team, setting the stage for the team to hire its ninth coach since last making the playoffs in 2006.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Thursday, a day after the Kings wrapped up another disappointing season with a 33-49 record. Karl was given a four-year contract when he was hired in February 2015 to replace Tyrone Corbin but never worked out and finished with a 44-68 mark.

Karl, who played for the UNC Tar Heels from 1970 to 1973, was unable to improve the team’s defense, had frequent run-ins with star center DeMarcus Cousins and faced questions about his status as far back as November.

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