(The Sports Xchange) - The Sacramento Kings fired coach George Karl one day after the franchise completed its 10th consecutive losing season.
Sacramento went 33-49 this season and the campaign featured heavy tension between Karl and management and clashes with players. Overall, Karl went 44-68 as coach of the Kings.
"After evaluating the team's performance this season, I determined it was necessary to move forward with a new voice from the head coaching position," Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement. "I have a great deal of respect and admiration for George and his accomplishments throughout his nearly 30 years in the NBA.
"On behalf of everyone in the Kings organization, I thank him for the contributions made during his time in Sacramento and wish him good fortune in the future."
Part of Karl's downfall with the Kings was his inability to get along with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Karl ranks fifth all-time with 1,175 NBA victories. He has also served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers (1984-86), Golden State Warriors (1986-88), Seattle SuperSonics (1991-98), Milwaukee Bucks (1998-2003), Denver Nuggets (2004-13).
Sacramento has employed eight different head coaches during its 10-year playoff drought.
THE NBA'S BEST AND WORST NICKNAMES:
Best and worst NBA nicknames
Struggling Kings fire head coach George Karl
10th Worst: The Brow
Straight forward and to the point – but where’s the creativity?
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10th Best: Vinsanity, The Truth, Big Ticket, Black Mamba
We reserve this spot for those who are still technically active, but whose personas retired long ago.
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9th Worst: Flash
More akin to the dying Adobe Flash than the speedy superhero The Flash, Dwyane Wade has had more than a few nicknames try and stick -- but we aren’t buying any of them.
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9th Best: Uncle Drew
Kyrie Irving’s commercial-inspired character has turned into quite the persona, and as long as he continues to shine on and off the court, we’re willing to keep calling him ‘Uncle Drew.’
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8th Worst: Polish Hammer
This just sounds strange.
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7th Worst: Will the Thrill
A recent (and very flat) dunk contest appearance by Will Barton has us already sick and tired of trying to make this one work. Sorry, Will, it’s not happening. Try “Barton Fink” next time?
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7th Best: Birdman
Once Shaq started shouting his name out loud, we could not help but do it too. BIRDMAN BIRDMAN.
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6th Best: Maple Jordan
This little-known but amazing nickname needs to blow up. It just has to.
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5th Worst: S.T.A.T (Standing Tall And Talented)
This is not a shortened version of his name, this is actually a really lame acronym that Amar'e made up. No, really.
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5th Best: Video Game Dame
A very underrated nickname, Lillard pulls off moves that can only be done in NBA2K, hence the moniker ‘Video Game Dame.’
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4th Worst: Gold Dragon
See “Polish Hammer.” This one just sounds strange.
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4th Best: King James
Classic, but tough to argue with. Not to mention, something that's stuck for more than a dozen years.
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3rd Worst: CP3/D12/KP6
Can we stop the lazy and uninspiring trend of just simply taking someone’s initials and/or jersey number and making that a nickname? No other sport does this, and for good reason. It’s dumb.
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3rd Best: Dr. Doom
Here is the pitch for this one: a tall super genius from eastern Europe comes and takes over New York, becoming a worldwide sensation, and is feared by his rivals. Sound familiar?
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2nd Worst: Swaggy P
Let us repeat: Do. Not. Try. To. Create. Your. Own. Nickname. Especially here, where the “P” doesn’t stand for anything logical.
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2nd Best: Slim Reaper
Despite Kevin Durant not accepting this as his official nickname, it’s still amazing.
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The Worst: The Servant
In an interview, he said he wanted to be called “The Servant," because of his selflessness as a teammate. This not only breaks the golden rule of coming up with your own nickname, but it’s also a pathetic attempt. Just stick to “Durantula” or “Slim Reaper.” Those are monumentally better, Kevin.
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The Best: Greek Freak
We stopped calling him by his real name. That’s how good (and convenient) this nickname is. He is just the Greek Freak now, plain and simple.