HoopsHype Mike Malone rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 16, 2014 Updates

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

December 15, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento has fired coach Mike Malone, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Tyrone Corbin will take over as the interim coach, likely for the term of the regular season. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that general manager Pete D'Alessandro will pursue ex-Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, but a high-ranking Kings source insisted Sunday night that it is unlikely a full-time replacement will be hired during the regular season. Yahoo! Sports

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

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