Report: Kings fire head coach Mike Malone

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The Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Mike Malone, according to a report by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over as interim head coach.

This move comes as something of a shock. The Kings (11-13)  are off to a better start than they’ve been in years, even with DeMarcus Cousins missing the past nine games with viral meningitis. Nobody (well, nobody reasonable, anyway) was going into this season expecting the Kings to a playoff team. They’re still young and missing a piece or two, despite Cousins’ emergence as a legitimate superstar and the improved play of Rudy Gay.

An 11-13 start for the Kings isn’t great in a vacuum, but considering the abysmal seasons that franchise has endured in the years since their early-2000s title contention, it’s an improvement, and the team seems to have an actual direction for once.

Either there’s a lot more to this story that’s going to come out soon, or owner Vivek Ranadive has lost his mind completely. The Kings aren’t a great team, but that isn’t Malone’s fault. They don’t have the talent to be a playoff team in the loaded Western Conference.

This doesn’t make sense. Not yet, anyway.