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December 16, 2014 Updates

According to Kings and industry sources, Mullin will replace Mike Malone, who was fired Sunday by the by the team. “He wants to coach like Don Nelson,’’ a source told NBC 4 New York in confirming the move. “Chris wants to be unconventional in his approach. He’s not going to call a play on every possession.’’ NBC New York

At this point, it will be a surprise if Mullin, 51, who has never been a coach, does not accept the post, sources said. Until Mullin accepts the job, interim head coach Tyrone Corbin will lead the team. NBC New York

In the wake of Michael Malone’s firing on Sunday night, Ranadive has been soliciting counsel on Mullin’s candidacy and has grown increasingly intrigued with the kind of acumen and star power Mullin, an ownership adviser for the Kings, could bring to the franchise, sources said. “All [Mullin] has to decide is that's what he wants and the job is his,” an NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports on Monday. Yahoo! Sports

Mullin hasn’t come close to committing to the coaching idea, but there’s support in ownership and in the front office for him to give it significant thought, sources said. Karl is a strong candidate among D’Alessandro and assistant GM Mike Bratz, who worked with Karl as part of the Denver Nuggets organization. Nevertheless, Ranadive is far more intrigued with the possibility of making a splashy hire, and D’Alessandro supports the idea of Mullin if he decides he wants to commit himself to coaching, sources said. Ranadive is working to construct a new arena in Sacramento and has craved star power with the Kings. Yahoo! Sports

There are a lot of issues roiling around the Kings’ shocking decision to fire Mike Malone, but the bottom line is this: The Kings brass, including Vivek Ranadivé, the team’s post-Maloof owner, has never been super-comfortable with Malone, and management appears to hold unreasonable expectations for the current roster, per several league sources familiar with the matter. Grantland

Malone now joins Shareef Abdur-Rahim on the list of ousted employees the Kings hired before D’Alessandro and Chris Mullin — the latter a top adviser who has Ranadivé’s ear. Abdur-Rahim expressed disagreement with D’Alessandro, Mullin, and Mitch Richmond during the draft process, and left the team shortly after an argument on draft night, per several league sources. Grantland

The Kings have yet to attempt to speak with Karl or his representatives on a formal or informal basis or to appear interested in any such conversation. USA Today Sports

George Karl discussed being a candidate for the Sacramento Kings coaching position on his Sirius XM NBA Radio show: “It’s always interesting for me when a job opens up and your name is in the mesh. First of all, I understand... I’m humbled. If they are interested in me, I would have interest in them. But there is a process to it. And part of the process right now is I don’t like really talking about it out of respect to Mike Malone. His legs have been cut out from under him and I’ve been that guy before. There should be a mourning period. Instead of stirring up all the gossip there should be a time to respect the coach. And then the process is, I’m sure they have questions that they want answers (to) and if I would have the opportunity to talk to them I would probably have questions would like them to answer. It’s something that, happening in the middle of the year makes it a little more difficult. Sacramento Bee

George Karl: "But there’s no question that I have a hunger to be back in the gym and I have a passion to coach the game of basketball again. I love the gym and I love the NBA and if this would fall into place I would, again, I would be humbled to talk to them and see where it goes.” Sacramento Bee

"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

For all the focus on the Kings' solid start to this season that was so much better than anything they'd had in these parts for quite some time, Kings officials were growing tired of what they describe as a near-constant pushback from Malone on the ideological front. USA Today Sports

 

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