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December 15, 2014 Updates

Owner Vivek Ranadive has wanted the Kings to play a faster style of basketball, and D'Alessandro – who has worked with Don Nelson in Golden State and Karl in Denver – has sought a similar style. Ranadive has been a hands-on owner and expected the Kings to compete for the playoffs this season. After a 9-6 start, Cousins had been lost for nine games with viral meningitis but his absence couldn't save Malone. Yahoo! Sports

Another possible long-term candidate for the Kings: ex-Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Del Negro led the Bulls and Clippers to the playoffs, and has experience in coaching young stars Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin that could be beneficial in continuing the development of Cousins. Yahoo! Sports

The impactful Kings' hiring of former Warriors legend Chris Mullin as an "advisor to the chairman" in Sept. 2013 only added to the conflicting nature of their internal dynamic, as he was a longtime friend and colleague of D'Alessandro's who has a significant voice in all personnel matters. Mullin, like D'Alessandro, favors a coach with a more sophisticated offensive style and was widely known to be critical of the way the offense was run. USA Today Sports

Malone and D'Alessandro were known to have had very little communication during the offseason. Malone was clearly determined to stick to his style, and the tension relating to that situation had grown during their time together. If nothing else, Corbin's willingness to play the style that management would prefer was enough to put him at the helm. USA Today Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Unclear if top assistant Chris Jent will stay on with Corbin. D'Allesandro will meet with Jent on Monday to discuss future together. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

November 7, 2014 Updates

Isaiah Thomas: But I know if them guys wanted me back then I probably would be back. And that’s as simple as it gets … The only thing is I wanted to be back because I loved the coaching staff. I love (Kings coach) Mike Malone. He was in my corner 100%. I know that for a fact. And then the city of Sacramento, with the love they showed me. (Sacramento mayor and former NBA player) Kevin Johnson. That was all I knew coming into the NBA. But at the end of the day, I wanted to be wanted – that’s what I keep telling people – and I didn’t feel like they wanted me as much.” For The Win

August 1, 2014 Updates

During the free agency period, did you talk to DeMarcus [Cousins] and Rudy [Gay] much? Isaiah Thomas: I didn't. I didn't actually talk to nobody. Just went silent? Isaiah Thomas: They didn't reach out to me. They only reached out when I signed my deal so I mean I had a feeling, I kind of knew I wasn't coming back. Other than coming back for Mike Malone, I didn't think nobody really wanted me, like they wanted Darren Collison. Not like that, but I mean, they picked Darren Collison the second day of free agency. He's a good player; I hope the best for him and the Sacramento Kings, honestly. Sactown Royalty

May 8, 2014 Updates

Last off-season, when Mike Malone took the Kings’ head coaching job, Lacob and Myers approached Jackson about getting another experienced assistant to serve as his chief deputy. Jackson fought hard to promote from within (Pete Myers). The new assistant added to replace Malone — Brian Scalabrine — was at the end of the coaching bench. This decision set the tone, more than any personal squabble over where Jackson would live or where an assistant would park, for how his season would be evaluated. San Jose Mercury-News

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Sacramento coach Mike Malone says he wouldn't be where he is today without the five years he spent as Mike Brown's assistant in Cleveland during the LeBron James era. "The most impressive thing for me about Mike Brown is that he was a first-time head coach, but he had no ego, he had no insecurities, he had no paranoias, which is very rare in this business,'' Malone said before the Kings and Cavaliers faced off on Sunday in Sleep Train Arena. "He allowed me to coach. He gave me a voice. That really aided my development. We were such a competitive team, and we were on TV so much. So all the freedom he gave me to coach allowed for me to make a name for myself. Other people saw that. So when I assembled my staff -- and every coach is going to do it their own way, you have to do what you believe in -- but I tried to do the same thing with my guys -- allow them to coach, give them a voice. The only way you're going to grow in this business is by doing. I benefited from that and I want the guys on my staff to benefit the same way.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Once again, the Kings were beaten up on the court and looked like the dejected, selfish bunch they've been known as in recent years. Malone has had enough of it, too. His solution: "Change the lineup." More Malone: "I told our guys, 'The media is going to go out there and ask me well you played small a lot tonight, you got kicked on the glass,' and the reality is we got kicked when we were big. At least in the end we were trying to fight, we gave up a lot of threes off offensive rebounds. You don't need great skill to be a guy that rebounds; being a good rebounder is all about effort, determination, physicality - and we lacked all those tonight as a whole." Sacramento Bee

July 21, 2013 Updates

In two seasons in the NBA, Isaiah Thomas had never looked so happy to be exhausted. He had participated in a summer league practice and couldn't believe the level of intensity. For coach Michael Malone, it wasn't anything special. "Isaiah Thomas told me after our practice that it was the hardest practice he's had since he's been in the NBA," Malone said. "And I laughed because it wasn't that hard a practice in my eyes." Sacramento Bee

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