Kings reportedly prefer to hire George Karl over Mark Jackson as next head coach

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The Sacramento Kings are currently being coach by assistant and now interim head coach Ty Corbin after recently opting to fire head coach Mike Malone. Since Malone’s departure, several names have surfaced for the Sacramento vacancy. Initially reported were George Karl and Vinny Del Negro as top candidates for the Kings. Not long after came public interest in Chris Mullin, an advisor to the Kings who has expressed his reluctance to jump right into the gig, and former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson.

According to sources for ProBasketballTalk, Karl is really the key target:

In the meantime they have allowed themselves to be connected to former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, staging a not-so-secret meeting at Sleep Train Arena following Thursday’s nationally televised game that Jackson called for ESPN.

Sources tell PBT that Jackson has “no chance” of being the Kings’ next coach, adding that the meeting was both personal in nature and mutually beneficial for all parties – sending Karl a message at the negotiating table and for Jackson, keeping his name in the news as a future head coaching candidate.

Karl has shown interest in coaching this Kings team. PBT says Sacramento is at a $5 million per year asking price. 

Part of firing Malone, besides these reports insisting it was revolved around Royce White, had to be ultimately be attributed to simply a lack of confidence in Malone to take the team where they feel it should be. The Kings were off to an 8-1 start to the season and Malone was part of their identity with his fire and energy on the sideline. He also developed a rapport with DeMarcus Cousins. They’ve since digressed, much due to Cousins being out, and clearly something changed. I think the expectation factor still played a part.

As a veteran coach who has seen and coached every scenario in NBA basketball, Karl is likely the best possible candidate for Kings owner Vivek Ranadive at this point. If mutual interest is genuine, I’d expect to see Karl hired sooner than later.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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