Next King of Kings?
Possible candidates to replace George Karl, who was fired as the Kings’ coach Thursday:
Vinny Del Negro: Coached Bulls, Clippers for five seasons (210-184, 10-19 in four trips to playoffs); NBA TV analyst and former Kings guard hasn’t coached since 2013.
Jeff Hornacek: Fired by Suns on Feb. 1 after going 14-35 in third season (101-122, no playoff appearances); reportedly candidate for Wizards’ job.
Kevin McHale: Fired by Houston on Nov. 18 after Rockets started 4-7; 232-185 (13-16 in playoffs) in seven seasons with Timberwolves, Rockets; Hall of Fame player.
Patrick Ewing: Assistant with Charlotte since 2013; also assistant with Washington (2002-03), Houston (2003-06) and Orlando (2007-12); Hall of Fame player.
TWO MORE IN PLAY
Mark Jackson: Fired by Warriors after they lost in first round of playoffs in 2014; went 121-109 in three seasons; now ESPN game analyst.
David Blatt: Fired on Jan. 22 despite leading Cavaliers to conference-best record of 30-11 and 2015 NBA Finals; previously successful in Europe.
BETWEEN JOBS, BUT ...
Tom Thibodeau: Fired despite 255-139 record (23-28 postseason) with Chicago; likely can choose among openings.
Scott Brooks: Fired by Oklahoma City on April 22, 2015, after Thunder missed playoffs; 338-207 (39-34 postseason) in seven seasons in Oklahoma City; mentioned for nearly every job opening.