Report: Kings interviewed Vinny Del Negro, Mike Woodson for head coaching job

Associated Press

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Vlade Divac is undertaking a broad search for the next Kings coach, and on Monday that search included sitting down with former NBA coach Vinny Del Negro for an interview, with Mike Woodson up next, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Sacramento Kings interviewed Vinny Del Negro for the franchise’s head-coaching job on Monday, league sources told The Vertical. Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson is expected to meet with Kings officials as soon as Tuesday for an interview, league sources said.

Del Negro is not a name the fan base wants to hear, but he gets a bit of a bad rap as a coach. Del Negro has a career winning percentage of .533, his teams have never finished below .500, and the last season he coached he won 56 games with the Clippers. He’s been pretty good at developing young players, including Derrick Rose. That said, there are certainly things he can be criticized for: simplistic offenses, his heavy reliance on pick-and-roll sets, and his treatment of players. Remember Del Negro tore down DeAndre Jordan to the point he was useless late in games; his Clippers’ replacement Doc Rivers, in turn, has built him up and made Jordan a third team All-NBA player. Also, point guard Rose and Chris Paul did better with the next coaches they had because the systems gave them more options (to be fair, he was replaced by two of the best in Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers).

Mike Woodson’s teams in Atlanta may be remembered for their “iso-Joe” offenses centered around Joe Johnson, but his teams also won more games every season and were a playoff threat annually. His teams usually defend well.

Expect a lot of first interviews by the Kings. What will be interesting is who gets second interviews.

Unlike past Kings’ coaching hires, Divac will be the voice making the final call on this one, according to reports. In the past, hands-on owner Vivek Ranadive had a much larger role in the process. The new system of letting the basketball guys make the basketball decisions is a good one.