The Kings will interview Henry Bibby for their head coaching vacancy, reports Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee (Twitter link). Jones reported last week that the team had reached out to the former USC head coach who’s served as an NBA assistant for multiple clubs. The interview, which Jones hears will take place Monday (Twitter link), is one of several the Kings are conducting in a wide-ranging search.
Bibby, 66, last served as an NBA coach during the 2013/14 season, when he was an assistant for the Pistons under Maurice Cheeks and later interim coach John Loyer. He was previously an assistant for the Sixers and Grizzlies after serving parts of 10 seasons as head coach at USC, where he went 132-120 and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. He’s also coached extensively in minor leagues and was a scout for the then-Bullets in the 1980s. Bibby is the father of former Kings point guard Mike Bibby.
Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson have already interviewed, and Kevin McHale has spoken extensively with the team, as I noted when I rounded up reports on the expansive coaching search last week, and it would appear as though David Blatt‘s interview took place Monday. The team reportedly has plans to interview Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson, Nate McMillan, Jeff Hornacek and Corliss Williamson. The Kings apparently plan to at least speak with Ettore Messina, too. Sacramento has reportedly received permission from the Grizzlies to interview assistant Elston Turner, but USA Today’s Sam Amick reported Monday that he’s a candidate to serve as lead assistant for the Kings, casting doubt on the idea that he’s in the running for the head coaching job.
Jay Larranaga, Brian Shaw, Ime Udoka, Jeff Van Gundy and Monty Williams are the other reported candidates who haven’t already taken jobs elsewhere.