The Kings had been a surprise team in the West, starting out the season with a 5-1 record behind the play of DeMarcus Cousins. By Nov 26, they were a respectable 9-6, but went onto lose seven of the next nine games after losing Cousins for an extended period of time due to a case of viral meningitis.
For the time being, Malone’s top assistant Tyrone Corbin is expected to finish out the season as the interim head coach. That said, there has been some discussion in recent days about a few candidates, including team advisor Chris Mullin, George Karl and Mark Jackson. Mullin apparently has no interest in taking over, and according to Bill Simmons of Grantland, something may be in the works to get Jackson on the sidelines:
Could be the last night you hear Mark Jackson announce an NBA game for awhile. He might be Boogie-ing back to coaching soon. (Wink wink.)
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 20, 2014
It’s unclear whether Simmons is guessing like the rest of us or if he has an inside source to confirm his suspicions. For what it’s worth, Jackson made a guest appearance in the Friday pregame show on ESPN and stated that he is happy with the current job he has as a broadcaster, and that taking over as the Kings’ head coach is not even a consideration at this point with Corbin at the helm.
Time will tell who’s telling the truth on this one.
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