George Karl, the coach for the Sacramento Kings is reportedly attempting to trade DeMarcus Cousins by campaigning amongst both players and office personnel in order to gain support for his plans. While DeMarcus hasn’t come out and directly said anything in regards to these allegations, he has however replied to the report with the following tweet:
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 23, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWhile one could argue that DeMarcus was just in the mood to tweet stupid emojis (yeah sure), according to an r/NBA thread discovered by our friends over at Uproxx multiple players who had played under Karl at various points in their careers had also used snakes to discretely voice their unhappiness with the coach:
WHEN THE GRASS IS CUT THE SNAKES WILL SHOW.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) February 25, 2011
When the grass is cut…
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) May 15, 2014
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAccording to Uproxx, this all started after Karl trashed Andre Iguodala in an interview, stating that he thought Iguodala was a “mole” for the Warriors during their first-round upset during the 2012-13 game against the Nuggets, which Karl coached at the time.
Q: Do you think Andre Iguodala was Mark Jackson’s “mole”? A: No question. Q: Does that bug you? A: I just think that’s media hype. I mean, that series was not a physical series. Everybody wants to be more aggressive with the guy kicking your ass, so . . . .
If that’s not enough for you, Ty Lawson and JR Smith have also tweeted about “snakes in the grass,” with Lawson tweeting the day that the Nuggets signed Andre Miller to a three-year deal as his backup and late-game closer and Smith…well, according to Uproxx the October 2011 tweet was sent “more than half a year after Smith’s buddy was dealt to New York.” Timeline doesn’t quite add up, but come on. What are the chances that Smith spelled “cut” with a K and just happened to be tweeting about snakes for no reason?
Tooo many snakes in the field
— Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) July 12, 2012
To many snakes in the grass got to get the lawn kut!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) October 7, 2011
You can read more about Karl’s beef with players over at Uproxx, however the evidence supporting the idea that Karl is trying to force a Cousins trade this summer is beginning to pile up. Whether or not all those tweets are aimed at calling him a snake, well…we can’t say for sure.
But really, what are the chances.