Vlade Divac is doing a thorough search for the next Sacramento Kings coach. Which is good for a few reasons. First, GMs generally should do that anyway, look at all the options available. Second, this is the first coaching search Divac or any basketball side person in Sacramento has gotten to make unfettered by ownership interference. Third, the Kings need to nail this. DeMarcus Cousins has had six coaches in Sacramento since coming into the league, the Kings need some stability.
You can add to the list of coaches the Kings have reached out to — Mark Jackson, Mike Woodson, Vinny Del Negro, Ettore Messina, Sam Mitchel, Luke Walton, and the list goes on and on — one Kevin McHale, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.
Kevin McHale has emerged on the list of known candidates for the Sacramento Kings’ vacant coaching job after engaging in exploratory talks about the position, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that Kings general manager Vlade Divac, while still in the early stages of what is expected to be a broad search, has sounded out McHale about his potential interest after the former Houston Rockets coach was fired just 11 games into the current season.
McHale certainly checks off some boxes for the Kings: Experienced coach, former All-Star big man with knowledge DeMarcus Cousins could lean on, many former players liked him (not James Harden, but others), could work well with Divac and whoever is brought in as the day-to-day GM.
The question is, will McHale want the gig? There were rumors he did not. After not getting the backing of ownership or management in Houston, would he want to deal with another emotional team star that is not easy to get along with, and an organization not exactly known for stability? Or would he rather just do some appearances on NBA TV and spend more time at home?
Expect it to be a while before the Kings reach a decision. There is no need to rush the process.