HoopsHype Pete D'Alessandro rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates

The Kings’ basketball think tankers – Pete D’Alessandro, Chris Mullin, Mike Bratz – began lobbying Ranadive for a coaching change several weeks ago. According to the owner, D’Alessandro and Mullin flew to Las Vegas eight days ago, where he was attending a software conference, and persuaded him to change coaches, partly to change the culture but mainly to start scrapping the old offense. The push was on to replace the isolation plays and sluggish tempo with a faster pace, ball and body movement, quicker decisions, smaller lineups, and in essence, a more creative, free-flowing system. Sacramento Bee

Yet late Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena, after the Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92, another possible candidate emerged in the most convenient of ways: former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. After calling the game courtside for ESPN, Jackson had a lengthy meeting with Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins inside the "Chairman's Lounge" where they had requested that arena workers and others give them some privacy. USA Today Sports

The Jackson possibility was previously known, and the dynamics on display leading up to their meeting said everything about why the Kings might be seriously interested in bringing him aboard. According to one of the participants, Cousins expressed a desire to meet Jackson, whose ability to connect with his players during the last three seasons with the Warriors was a very real and valuable part of his successes there. And while his firing with the Warriors had everything to do with his inability to connect with owner Joe Lacob and management near the end, the deep roots that already exist here would clearly aid the potential partnership. USA Today Sports

Jackson, Mullin, and Cousins entered the room at approximately 10:20 p.m. Pacific time, with Cousins sporting a black suit as he continues to recover from his bout with viral meningitis that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26. D'Alessandro joined them approximately 20 minutes into the meeting, and the group finally exited just before midnight, long after the room had been cleared so that they could have a moment to discuss, well, connect the dots yourself. USA Today Sports

December 16, 2014 Updates

"In that (technology) world, it's constant: the next thing, the next thing, the next thing," D'Alessandro told USA TODAY Sports from inside his office. "Pro sports is really similar if you think about it. ... To me, it's a much more similar type of field. A tech attitude, if you will, I think will lead to success in a more expeditious way. "That drive becomes almost a cultural drive, as opposed to, 'Well this person is really driven, and that person is really driven.' It's, 'this organization is driven.' I do think that this (Malone decision) comes from the way (Ranadive) has run tech companies. I think we're very open. We've been a very open system. We always talk about how open systems beat closed systems, and that's a very tech term but it's very true. We seek input as an organization from a lot of people." USA Today Sports

From Malone's reluctance to endorse the offering of contract extensions for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to his preference that departed point guard Isaiah Thomas was re-signed in free agency to the pursuit of a new lead assistant coach during the summer, there were disagreements about personnel and style of play at every turn that brought them all to this tipping point. USA Today Sports

"I don't know if there was a point in time when you could say, 'Yeah this isn't (working),'" D'Alessandro said. "The respect always was there, but I just think we both knew that the vision for how to play wasn't the same. ... You start to see it evolve, and then you say, 'Let's just be honest about it then. Let's just be honest, and agree to disagree.' But then something has to happen. That's the league we're in." USA Today Sports

"I give full support to Tyrone," D'Alessandro said Monday afternoon. "you don't just put someone out there on the floor and say 'you don't have full support of the organization,' that would be totally unfair if I had that in mind. news10.net

December 15, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that Michael Malone has been relieved of his head coaching duties, according to General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Kings assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will assume head coaching responsibilities. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of the franchise moving forward,” said D’Alessandro. “Michael made significant contributions to the organization on many levels and helped foster cultural changes that positively impacted our team. We’re thankful for the commitment he exhibited during his time in Sacramento and wish him and his family the very best in the future.” In 106 games at the helm, Malone compiled a 39-67 record since taking over as head coach prior the 2013-14 campaign. The Kings enter play Tuesday with an 11-13 mark on the season (fourth in Pacific Division standings). NBA.com

NBA coaching sources have identified ESPN analyst George Karl as a serious target of the Kings to replace Malone in the longterm, thanks in part to his association with Sacramento general manager Pete D'Alessandro from their days working together in Denver. Yet it remains to be seen how interested Karl is in Sacramento specifically as well as how long the Kings want to give Corbin as interim coach. NBA coaching sources say Karl, 63, is generally eager to return to the league and ‎has been searching for the right fit to launch his comeback after his ouster by the Denver Nuggets following a 57-win season in 2012-13 which earned him Coach of the Year honors. ESPN.com

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