Ex-Kings coach George Karl calls for Vivek Ranadive to sell the team
Former Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl is not a fan of team owner Vivek Ranadive. TNS

One former Sacramento Kings coach has seen just about enough of Vivek Ranadive’s Flying Circus.

The Kings relieved Luke Walton of his head-coaching duties on Sunday after three seasons at the helm. Alvin Gentry will take over on an interim basis, becoming Sacramento's eighth head coach in the last decade.

George Karl was one of those coaches, having led the Kings for two seasons from 2015 to 2016. Karl reacted on Twitter to the firing of Walton and made a bold statement about Ranadive.

“Gentry is the right next move for Kings,” Karl wrote. “Players need to play much harder for him. Vivek needs to sell the team.”

Ranadive has owned the Kings since 2013, meaning that he was the owner with whom Karl worked in Sacramento. But the Kings have never made the playoffs during the Ranadive era and have never even had a single winning season over that time.

The billionaire software executive has faced much criticism for his supposed rampant meddling into the Kings' day-to-day affairs. Karl never appeared to be a fan of Ranadive either. After he himself was fired by the Kings in 2016, Karl spoke openly about how he felt unsupported by the organization.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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