The Kings officially announced the addition of Ty Corbin to the coaching staff Sunday.
Corbin had coached one summer league game before the announcement, which was delayed until the paperwork with his contract was complete.
Corbin, who coached Utah for 31/2 seasons, joins Michael Malone’s staff as the lead assistant. Corbin has known Malone for more than 10 years dating to Corbin’s time as manager of player development for New York during the 2003-04 season, when Malone was a Knicks assistant.
“A great guy,” Corbin said of Malone. “A tremendous, hard worker. I always respected that about him. He’s very knowledgeable, a very smart guy.”
Malone was looking for a veteran coach to serve as his lead assistant after not replacing his father, former NBA head coach Brendan Malone, who resigned before last season.
Corbin played for the Kings during the 1995-96 and 1999-2000 seasons and was a teammate of fellow Kings assistant coach Corliss Williamson during both seasons.
Corbin said he is looking forward to being back in Sacramento and helping Malone and the players.
“(I bring) my experience, learning where I fit in, trying to see where I can add and change,” Corbin said. “Just trying to help this organization grow and be as good as it can be.”
Bench rises – The Kings evened their summer league record at 1-1, placing five players in double figures in a 72-65 victory over Charlotte.
Ra’shad James led the Kings with 12 points off the bench. Ben McLemore and reserve MarShon Brooks had 11 points each, and Quincy Acy and Nik Stauskas scored 10 apiece.
The Kings face the NBA Development League Select team today.
Point of emphasis – Ray McCallum hasn’t gotten on track offensively through two summer league games. He is shooting 5 for 16 with four assists in two contests.
While acknowledging there is room for improvement in summer league, Malone said McCallum is doing some good things on the floor.
“Ray is trying to figure out that tough balance of running my team, trying to set everybody up and trying to find those times where he can be aggressive,” Malone said. “But he’s doing a good job. He is being vocal, he is running the team and he is playing very good defense on the other end.”