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Kings Eye Elston Turner For Coaching Job

The Kings will consider Grizzlies assistant Elston Turner for their head coaching vacancy, reports Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee (Twitter link). The 56-year-old Turner is a former Kings assistant, as Jones notes, and one of several candidates whom various reports have identified for the position.

The only official interviews for the team’s vacant coaching slot thus far has been with former Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell and former Clippers and Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro. Also said to be on the Kings’ list of candidates are former Hawks and Knicks coach Mike Woodson, former Rockets coach Kevin McHale, former Warriors head man Mark Jackson, Pacers assistant Nate McMillan and former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. Sacramento apparently reached out to Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks prior to both men landing new posts and has also touched base with Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, Warriors assistant Luke Walton and former Cavs coach David Blatt, according to Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee.

Hornets assistant Patrick Ewing and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga are those without NBA head coaching experience apparently in the running for the vacant post, though GM Vlade Divac indicated that the team is seeking an experienced hand when making its next hire.

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9 thoughts on “Kings Eye Elston Turner For Coaching Job

  1. Arthur Hill

    If I were a Kings fan, I would be more excited about seeing them take a chance on a fresh head coach like Turner, Ewing or Larranaga rather than any of the retreads on that list.

  2. Sanford Miller

    Elston Turner would be a great coach he’s paid his dues and he’s able. I hope the Kings give him a shot.

  3. Asia Gillispie

    This is a very great opportunity. So well deserved and who else would be better for the job than Elston!!! I say go for it Elston!!!

  4. Frank Turner Jr.

    Yes, Elston has the wisdom, skill, experience, and personality… He has been handling a basketball every since we were kids in elementary school… Balling is his nature…! He would be a perfect fit for the Kings head coach…!

  5. Eric W, Smith

    Proven winner on every level and a great person above all. Don’t let Elston get away again,

  6. Mona Lisa Kutsoati

    Easton Turner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience

  7. Jayne Kamal

    Elston Turner​ would definitely be the best coach for our Sacramento Kings. He’s got the knowledge, skills and patience needed, not to mention class. He has my vote and admiration

  8. Ray Moseley

    It is worthwhile to note just how instrumental Elston has been in the almost miraculous feat the Grizzlies pulled off this season by actually getting into the NBA playoffs,what with all the key injuries and winding up with only FOUR of the members that began the season. (I won’t even mention the fact that they were forced to call up a D league player to fill a starting position). They managed all this while retaining full fan support. Let’s give Elston Turner the chance for which he is so eminently qualified. I will say this…no one will outwork Elston…period!

  9. Vennia McDuffey

    Elston Turner deserves the chance to sit in the first seat. He’s put hus time in. How do you get a team with so many injuries to the playoffs? Good coaching. He’s a class act and would be good for Cousins. #teamelston#sincehighschool#throughcollege#throughpros#asstcoach#nowhead#histime

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