Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone
The Sacramento Kings don’t like how the 2014-15 NBA season has gone and they’re hanging it on second-year head coach Mike Malone.
Per reports, the team has fired Malone after an 11-13 start, citing a desire to take the team in a different direction. Assistant coach Ty Corbin was selected to replace him on an interim basis, with a chance to hold onto the job for the remainder of the season.
Malone was said to not have met “win-loss expectations” this season, despite hovering around .500 without star center DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings got off to a solid start to get the 2014-15 season going, but had to play without Cousins for the last nine contests due to a bout with meningitis. Due to that, it’s worth arguing whether or not Malone was fairly graded as a coach this season.
Of course, Malone didn’t find much success in his first season as head coach last year, as the Kings went just 28-54. Malone was formerly an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors and was one of the more highly touted coaching prospects going into last season. While things clearly didn’t work out for him as the main man in Sac-town, he should easily land an assistant gig elsewhere.
While Corbin will lead the Kings for the moment, there are whispers about a more long-term option. Former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is expected to be on Sacramento’s “wish list”, while former Clippers and Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro is also being mentioned in rumors.
Despite the firing of Malone and Cousins missing time, the Kings are still just 11-13 and could still have a chance at sneaking into the playoffs as the West’s eighth seed. Sacramento is undermanned and will have to endure a head coaching change, however, so for now anyone betting on them making a playoff run may want to think twice.
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