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George Karl has great April Fools’ joke about reuniting with Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

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George Karl may have won April Fools’ Day this year by joking about his failed tenure with the Sacramento Kings.

The retired head coach tweeted on Tuesday that he reached a deal to return to the Kings in a front office and associate coaching capacity. Karl also said that former All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins, whom he notoriously butted heads with in Sacramento, was returning to the team too.

The former Coach of the Year clarified a few hours later that his “breaking news” was nothing more than an April Fools’ gag.

Karl’s time with the Kings, which marked his most recent head coaching gig, was nothing short of a steaming dumpster fire. He went 44-68 (.393) in two seasons before getting fired less than halfway into his four-year deal. Karl also clashed with Cousins in particular and tried to get the volatile center traded, leading to major tension between the two (as well as Cousins’ infamous “snakes-in-the-grass” tweet).

Nearly four years have passed though since Karl left Sacramento, so this might just be his way of saying that bygones are bygones. Karl did recently extend a peace offering to another former player that he beefed with.

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