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All Kings fans care about is winning

Former Sacramento player Vlade Divac, right, talks with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) before the Kings final home game of the season against the L.A. Lakers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena.
Former Sacramento player Vlade Divac, right, talks with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) before the Kings final home game of the season against the L.A. Lakers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings coach George Karl doesn’t like center DeMarcus Cousins. Or maybe Cousins doesn’t like Karl. Or maybe principal owner Vivek Ranadive doesn’t like Karl.

And what about Vlade Divac, the team’s vice president of basketball and franchise operations? Is he really that angry at Karl, enough to fire the veteran coach after just 30 games?

Enough already – can’t everyone just get along?

The latest round of “sourced reports” over the past week about the Kings’ front office and possible trades has fans ticked off.

They are almost as tired of the alleged personality conflicts, agents’ influence and power struggles as they are of the losing.

They are tired of the revolving door of coaches (Karl is the eighth since Rick Adelman was replaced in 2006 by Eric Musselman, who was followed by Reggie Theus, Kenny Natt, Paul Westphal, Keith Smart, Michael Malone and Tyrone Corbin).

They are tired of the comings and goings in basketball operations (Pete D’Alessandro and Chris Mullin out, Divac in).

They are tired of reading that Cousins doesn’t want to play for Karl and/or the Kings, that he or his agents are causing most of the friction.

They want Divac to do his job, providing Karl with a roster of quality, exciting players.

They want Karl to do his job, developing a style that suits the players’ strengths, instead of trying to force one onto a team ill-suited for it.

They want Cousins and Karl to agree that working together is in the best interest of the team.

They want Cousins to be an All-Star and play in the Olympics, but they also want him to make his teammates better.

Nine consecutive losing seasons is more than most fans should have to tolerate.

Instead of all this soap-opera nonsense, fans just want to watch a winning basketball team again. And soon.

Tom Couzens: 916-321-1097, tcouzens@sacbee.com, @tomcouzens

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