Nate McMillan Rumors
They plan to speak with at least four more candidates as well: Nate McMillan (former Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trailblazers coach); now an associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers), Mark Jackson (former Golden State Warriors coach), Ettore Messina (renowned European coach, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant who is currently an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs), and Elston Turner (longtime assistant coach who spent four seasons with Kings president of basketball operations Vlade Divac in Sacramento and is currently on Dave Joerger’s staff in Memphis).
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Former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan also are among the prime candidates on Sacramento’s lengthy list. Neither McHale nor McMillan has an interview formally scheduled with the Kings, but in McMillan’s case, that would be dependent on the Pacers’ playoff schedule.
Several names already have been tossed into the speculation hopper, including Scotty Brooks, Tom Thibodeau, Kevin McHale, David Blatt, Nate McMillan, Luke Walton, Jeff Hornacek, Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. One of Divac’s most difficult tasks will be overcoming the wide perception that the Kings are one of the league’s most dysfunctional franchises.