Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy criticized the Sacramento Kings for their treatment of Ty Corbin while negotiating a contract with George Karl to replace him as head coach, David Mayo of MLive.com reports.
The Kings reportedly reached an agreement with Karl on a four-year contract on Thursday, and he will take over the team following the All-Star break.
There have been a series of reports that the Kings were talking to Karl about the job over the past week.
"I think it's an unfortunate situation, the way it's been handled," Van Gundy said. "I think Tyrone Corbin has been treated very, very poorly by their organization. I think the way they have treated him is unfortunate and inexcusable for one of the real class acts in our business."
The Kings went 7-21 since Corbin replaced Mike Malone in December following an 11-13 start to the season.
Karl, 63, most recently coached the Denver Nuggets for eight seasons before he was fired in 2013. He is No. 6 on the league's all-time victory list with 1,131 wins and has 25 years of head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Bucks, SuperSonics, Warriors and Cavaliers.
Karl's first game with the Kings will be on Friday, Feb. 20 against the Boston Celtics in Sacramento.
- Paul Palladino