February 10, 2016
At 8-44, the Philadelphia 76ers are currently three games “behind in the win column” of the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for last. The giveaway to the Clippers on Monday night was pretty painful to watch, but the result will help in the pursuit for the best lottery odds.
To make matters worse, Vivek Ranadive was thisclose to firing George Karl, who, if you'll recall, was brought on board just last February:
Kings never decided to fire Karl, which is why...they didn't fire him. Ranadive leaned toward dismissal, but Divac talked him out of it.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 9, 2016
Divac called Karl while the coach was at lunch in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Divac told Karl in a roughly five-minute conversation that they would work together and that better defense was needed, a source told Yahoo Sports. Karl took the lunch-time call privately with the expectation that he would be fired, a source told Yahoo.
I have no idea if Sacramento is going to right the ship (it’s possible), but this is exactly why using short-term cap space to bet against them was a worthwhile gamble by Sam Hinkie. They aren’t a very stable organization, to put it mildly. Oh yeah, the Kings are also in town tonight. We will be there.
Sam Mitchell said Kobe Bryant a "top 5, 6, 7 player" & added: "I hate him. If I don't ever see him again, it will be too soon. I hate him."— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 3, 2016
Steph Curry's strip and subsequent behind the back pass to start the fast break - a vine will not do this justice pic.twitter.com/TQEso57AmQ— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 10, 2016
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