The Kings’ reported list of coaching candidates is a wide-ranging one that continues to grow, with Mark Jackson becoming the next in line to land an interview with Sacramento, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee relays (via Twitter). The interview hasn’t been scheduled yet, though the Kings reportedly want to hire a coach by sometime next week, which means any sit down between the two parties will likely occur in the near future, though that is merely my speculation.
Jackson had reportedly interviewed with the Wolves prior to Tom Thibodeau being hired and was in the mix this spring for the Nets job that’s since gone to Kenny Atkinson. He’s been Jeff Van Gundy’s broadcast partner on ABC and ESPN since the Warriors fired him following a 51-win campaign two seasons ago. Jackson’s dismissal came about primarily because his personality clashed with key members of the organization, and it was in spite of the widespread support he had from players. Jackson was 121-109 in three seasons with Golden State.
The Kings have received permission to interview Grizzlies assistant coach Elston Turner and have asked the Pacers for permission to interview assistant Nate McMillan, as Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reported earlier today. They’ve interviewed Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson and would like to do so with Luke Walton, Kevin McHale and Jeff Hornacek, according to earlier reports. Brian Shaw, Ettore Messina, Ime Udoka, Monty Williams, Jeff Van Gundy, Patrick Ewing, David Blatt, Jay Larranaga and Henry Bibby are the other names the team is said to be considering.