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'I'm ready for that': Why one early 2000s Kings star wants to coach at the next level

FILE -- Former Kings Mike Bibby and Bobby Jackson watch the Sacramento Kings practice at Golden 1 Center on Sept. 27, 2016. Bibby told media that he wants to coach at the college or NBA level sometime soon.
FILE -- Former Kings Mike Bibby and Bobby Jackson watch the Sacramento Kings practice at Golden 1 Center on Sept. 27, 2016. Bibby told media that he wants to coach at the college or NBA level sometime soon. Sacramento Bee File

A retired 14-year NBA veteran, Mike Bibby is most fondly remembered for his eight-year stretch with the Kings in the 2000s.

Now, though, the 39-year-old former NCAA champion has his heart set on a coaching gig at either the college or NBA level.

Bibby told basketball blog HoopsHype this week that he hopes he can make that jump someday soon. He's been coaching high school and Amateur Athletic Union teams since before his 2012 retirement from the NBA.

"I’d be dealing with guys who are a bit older, but I know what it takes," Bibby told HoopsHype. "I feel I’m ready for that. My biggest goal right now is to move up to the next level and hopefully that happens this summer."

A prolific King, Bibby started off coaching his son, Michael, who's currently at Appalachian State and was a three-star recruit out of high school.

Now, Mike Bibby is the boys coach at Shadow Mountain High School in Arizona. The Matadors have won three straight state championships since he took the job, according to HoopsHype, and hold a top 10 spot in USA Today's nationwide high school power rankings.

Perhaps his passion is genetic. Bibby's father, Henry Bibby, held positions as a head coach at USC and with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, as well as a few assistant coaching stints between 2006-13.

In 2016, Henry Bibby interviewed with the Kings to replace George Karl, but was beat out by Dave Joerger.

A 6-foot-2 point guard, Mike Bibby played for Sacramento from 2001-08, including alongside Kings greats Chris Webber and Vlade Divac in the now-infamous 2002 Western Conference finals. Bibby averaged 14.7 points and 5.5 assists per game over his career.

It can be tough to scrape together a list of notable former Kings players who went on to become head coach of an NBA team, but there are a few.

Mike Woodson, now an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, coached the New York Knicks from 2012-14. Woodson played for the Kings (that's both the Kansas City and the Sacramento Kings) from 1982-86.

Shooting guard Danny Ainge coached the Phoenix Suns for four seasons in the late 90s, though Ainge spent just one full season with Sacramento (1989-90).

And Bibby's former teammate, Divac, is now the Kings' general manager. But at this point, it doesn't look as if a front-office job is Bibby's goal.

Mike Bibby told HoopsHype that his shootarounds and walkthroughs with Shadow Mountain are similar to the way "things are done at the NBA level." He said his favorite part of coaching is seeing his adjustments in action on the court.

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