HoopsHype Vivek Ranadive rumors

December 22, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: But Josh Smith has had no bigger fan in the NBA in recent months than Kings owner @Vivek Ranadive Ranadive, so keep your eye on Sacramento Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

December 18, 2014 Updates

"Michael Malone is a good man," Ranadive said. "He's an honorable man, and he did great things for this organization. ... We needed a coach [in 2013] that would restore structure, restore discipline, restore a system defense, and I consulted with some of the experts in the business and they said [Malone] was a great choice." ESPN.com

December 17, 2014 Updates

"Defense is great, but we need defense and offense," the Kings owner said. "We need to go from a rules-based organization, which was important when you had chaos, to a values-based organization -- from kind of a programmatic offense, to a read-and-respond, free-flowing offense. "I like to use a music metaphor. We had a Sousa marching band, which was needed when there was chaos. But now we need to shift to a jazz band, where people can be individually showcased and improvised. What we need is a jazz director. I think that's the kind of leadership moving forward." ESPN.com

“There is a never a good time to fire someone,” Ranadive explained later in the privacy of his office. “It’s a terrible thing. First of all, I want to say for the record that Michael Malone is a good man, an honorable man. He did a good job for us, and I believe that he was absolutely the right choice given the context of when we got him. I was handed the keys to the kingdom. This place was literally and figuratively falling apart. The roof was falling down. We hadn’t sold a single ticket. There was chaos in the locker room and the draft was weeks away. What we needed was order, structure, discipline, stability, a strong culture, and defense. And the experts in the league said he would bring all those things.” Sacramento Bee

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

“The NBA has increasingly become like the high-tech business,” said Ranadive. “Just because you invent the iPhone doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels, because someone is building a better phone. Just because you win 50 games doesn’t mean the status quo is OK, or that you don’t try to get Ray Allen. Good enough just isn’t. You have to get better. So, we felt it was time for us to pivot, to (play) defense and offense. And we think we can make the playoffs.” This year? Again, the boss didn’t duck and run. He laid it on the table. “Absolutely, with DeMarcus (Cousins) coming back,” he said, “we have a chance to make the playoffs.” Sacramento Bee

Chris Mullin is resisting the invitation to make an in-season move from an advisory role to the bench of the Sacramento Kings, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the past 24 hours lobbying Mullin to replace the fired Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience. But sources say Mullin has reservations about making such a leap in the middle of the season, without the benefit of training camp or the time to assemble a veteran-laden coaching staff like Steve Kerr has as a rookie head coach at Golden State. ESPN.com

Sources say that Mullin, in recent months, has expressed some interest to associates about trying his hand at coaching down the road. But if he can ultimately be persuaded to take the Kings job, sources say, chances are far greater that it would happen going into next season. ESPN.com

December 16, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the last 24 hours lobbying Mullin to replace the fired Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience. But sources say Mullin has reservations about making such a leap in the middle of the season, without the benefit of training camp or the time to assemble a veteran-laden coaching staff like Steve Kerr has as a rookie head coach at Golden State. ESPN.com

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

What's more, there are lessons to be learned here for Ranadive that shouldn't be forgotten: Call the coach yourself when you're firing him (Ranadive did not); speak to the media to help explain the decision when it is the talk of the town and you're typically so willing to engage with the press (he did not); and as a reminder, never, ever hire the head coach before putting together your front office. USA Today Sports

Five minutes into an interview set for 10 minutes, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was asked about his future with coach Michael Malone. Ranadive quickly glanced at one of his PR people. It was the look. "Last question," the PR guy jumped in. This was early-October, barely into the exhibition schedule, and evidence of a chasm between Malone and management was already growing. NBA.com

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