LAS VEGAS -- Kings coach Michael Malone was looking for someone he could lean on for advice who had been a head coach in the NBA.
He believes he has that in Ty Corbin, the former NBA player who was Utah’s coach before being let go at the end of last season after four seasons.
Malone said he’s known Corbin for some time and believes Corbin’s time as a player and learning under Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan will benefit the coaching staff as Malone’s lead assistant.
“I’m going to try to steal as much as I can from Ty and learn from him,” Malone said. “He’s been in the same seat I’m in. I can lean on him and learn from his experiences. He’s a guy that had two .500-plus seasons at Utah and led a team to the playoffs. Just a guy who has the experience but more importantly as a coach who can help me.”
Corbin is coaching the Kings’ summer league team. He fills the spot vacated by Brendan Malone, who resigned before last season and was never replaced.
Still tinkering – Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro is still looking to upgrade the roster after completing a sign-and-trade with Phoenix for Isaiah Thomas and signing guard Darren Collison.
D’Alessandro said adding another ballhandler is a possibility, but the player does not necessarily have to play point guard to fill that role.
The Kings also are looking to upgrade their frontcourt with a defensive-minded power forward to play next to DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings also would look into a “stretch” power forward who would create more space on the floor with his shooting.
The Kings don’t have much salary flexibility so the most likely avenue is a trade.
“It’s never going to be complete until we see success,” D’Alessandro said.
Surprise – Malone said power forward Quincy Acy’s perimeter shooting isn’t something most teams worry about, which helps explain why he was able to get open three-pointers in the summer league opener.
Malone, however doesn’t want Acy falling in love with the jump shot as he is the starting center in summer league.
“We need him on the rim,” Malone said. “He can’t be picking-and-popping like he’s Dirk Nowitzki. It’s great that he put time in on his game and he’s developing that, but we also need him to do what’s best for our team, which is to screen, roll and put pressure on the rim.”