The Sacramento Kings are casting a wide net in their coaching search, reaching out and talking to a range of coaches with a variety of experience.
One man getting an interview is Mike Woodson — a former NBA player with nine years NBA head coaching experience between Atlanta and New York — reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
As part of a broad search process for head coach, the Sacramento Kings plan to interview Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, league sources told The Vertical.
The Kings sought and were granted permission by the Clippers to meet with Woodson in the near future, sources said. Woodson, 58, is one of several former head coaches with whom the Kings want to discuss their job opening. The Kings also have interest in Vinny Del Negro, Kevin McHale and Mark Jackson, among others.
In Atlanta Woodson’s teams got better and better each season. While his offense was not exactly groundbreaking — remember “iso Joe?” — the team won 53 games his final season there. He won 54 games one season with the Knicks and got the team it’s first playoff series win in 13 years, but that was followed by an ugly season and he was cleared out as Phil Jackson came into power.
Don’t expect any decision soon from the Kings.
Sacramento comes with a cornerstone player in DeMarcus Cousins, but one not easy for coaches to get along with (or teammates). It’s also an organization plagued by instability — which started at the top with ownership — trying to lay a foundation as it moves into a stunning new building in downtown Sacramento next season.
Whoever gets hired, and whatever style of play the Kings settle on, they just need to stick with it for