It could be coincidence, or clear-cut cause and effect.
No matter how you slice it, it's eerie to see that a half-dozen NBA players who have played on George Karl-coached teams have tweeted nearly identical messages about "snakes in the grass" in recent years.
The trend emerged Monday night after Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sent out a short, emoji-centric tweet featuring a snake wedged between two corn (grass) symbols.
Cousins' tweet could mean anything, I guess. But it's likely in reference to Karl's reported desire to have him traded—a scenario currently on the table in Sacramento, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
The weirdest part in all this is that Cousins is just the latest in a long line of players on Karl-coached rosters to tweet something about snakes, grass and treachery.
Basketball Forever (h/t Sheridan Hoops' Brett Poirier) tweeted what amounts to a collage of tweets penned by Karl-coached players who have found themselves on the chopping block or otherwise at odds with the longtime journeyman coach.
So many snakes. So much lawn work to be done.
Now, "snakes in the grass" or other iterations of the phrase are fairly commonplace in American culture. Jay Z referenced it in "Blueprint 2." It's even the title of a Waka Flocka Flame song (NSFW)!
So either all these players are discovering Waka at different points in their careers, thus establishing a weird Waka continuum of league relevance—or George Karl's general opaqueness when it comes to his roster intentions has inspired an unmistakably similar distrust in his players.
Maybe it's coincidence. Maybe players think Karl is a Brutus narc who will greet you with one hand and slide the dagger between your ribs with the other. Maybe Karl and the Ides of July will sever his Boogie-ness and banish him to Los Angeles.
Snakes gonna snake, right?
Dan is on Twitter, thanking his lucky stars he doesn't have a lawn.