A group of contenders emerge for the Sacramento Kings head coaching job


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It may be a forgotten factor at this point in the year, but the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Luke Walton just 17 games into the 2021-22 NBA season after going 68-93 in two years and a change with the club. That means Alvin Gentry has had the chance to coach 65 games with the team, but like most situations where he takes the interim job, he’s not expected to keep his job.

That means the Kings will conduct another coaching search this offseason, unsurprisingly. We are only now hearing about some of the supposed candidates to interview for the coaching vacancy in Sacramento.

A quartet of experienced minds leads the charge in the search for coaching

According to Marc Stein, some of the names on Sacramento’s favorite list list of head coach candidates include Mike Brown, Steve Clifford, Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts.

All four have previously served as NBA head coaches, indicating a desire to find an experienced hand to take the Kings throne.

  • Mike Brown – NBA win-loss record: 347-216
  • Steve Clifford: 292-345
  • Mike D’Antoni: 672-527
  • Terry Stott: 517-486

Brown won the NBA Finals three times as an assistant coach, but won NBA Coach of the Year in 2009 thanks to solid play from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is currently an assistant for the Golden State Warriors.

D’Antoni is a two-time Coach of the Year winner, once at Phoenix (2005) and once at Houston (2017), but he’s still chasing his first Larry O’Brien trophy. He is currently a coaching consultant with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stotts also won an NBA championship as an assistant, with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, but is best known for reaching the playoffs in eight straight seasons in charge of the Portland Trail Blazers with help. by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Like Clifford, Stotts isn’t with a team right now.

President of Basketball Operations Monte McNair is expected to conduct a comprehensive coaching search this offseason. It could be that one of the four names listed above will eventually become the Kings’ next head coach. Whoever takes over will have to find a way to improve a defense that allows for the second-most points per game in the conference.

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