Was adding Corliss Williamson to the Kings' coaching staff a good idea?

Leading Off: Kings get more than a coach in Williamson

Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 - 8:22 am

Corliss Williamson didn't become the on-court force the Kings envisioned when they picked him in the first round of the 1995 draft, but he become one of the franchise's most popular players.

That alone makes him a wise choice to serve as an assistant coach for the Kings. While the new owners rebuild the franchise, issues surrounding a downtown arena are hashed out and coach Michael Malone tries to put an entertaining team on the floor, community goodwill is required.

Enter Williamson.

Regardless of his 26-62 record in three seasons as coach at Central Arkansas, Williamson is a guy to have on the bench, but more importantly, in town.

Are NBA assistant coaches that important? Yes, in terms of having the right guys helping communicate the head coach's vision. Assistants also do some hand-holding, being good cops (or bad) to the head coach's bad cop (or good), depending on what's required.

But think of Williamson as a guy fans can relate to while they get used to the new regime, especially if it takes awhile for the hoped-for turnaround and for the wins to pile up. He's somebody fans got used to seeing around town, supporting good causes and generally presenting the better side of professional athletes.

He's a valuable resource who was there at the start of the Kings' run as an exciting, winning franchise and then at the end of the hot stretch. He serves as a reminder of good things – and a hopeful sign of what might be.

Plenty of value there.

What to watch

NFL preseason, Cowboys at Raiders, 7 p.m., Ch. 58: Matt Flynn will start at quarterback for Oakland, but expect to see a lot of Terrelle Pryor.

Today's poll

Was adding Corliss Williamson to the Kings' coaching staff a good idea?

• Yes

• No

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Thursday's poll results

A number of today's athletes are … ?

• Progressively deceitful and lack accountability: 50%

• No different than always, just more public: 50%

Total votes: 117

Call The Bee's Brian Blomster, (916) 326-5512. Follow him on Twitter @b_blomster.

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