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Nuggets coach George Karl is called for a technical foul by referee Derrick Collins in the second quarter of a January 25, 2012 game between the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.
Nuggets coach George Karl is called for a technical foul by referee Derrick Collins in the second quarter of a January 25, 2012 game between the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

The Kings fired coach Michael Malone on Sunday night and named Tyrone Corbin as the interim coach. Here’s a rundown of possible replacements for Malone:

GEORGE KARL

Why he works: Karl has a Hall of Fame resume and a reputation for being able to relate to players – and he worked with Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro in Denver.

Why he doesn’t work: That resume means he could pass on the Kings and wait for an opportunity with a team that has a better chance to win a title.

DON NELSON

Why he works: Nelson has an innovative offensive mind that would fit the ownership’s desire for a more dynamic approach.

Why he doesn’t work: Is his retired life in Hawaii worth walking away from for the daily grind of coaching?

MARK JACKSON

Why he works: Jackson led the Warriors to 51 wins in 2013-14 before being fired and replaced by Steve Kerr.

Why he doesn’t work: The complaints about Jackson’s offense are similar to those management had about Malone’s.

ALVIN GENTRY

Why he works: Kings’ management sought Gentry out as Malone’s lead assistant; he likely would have been interim coach.

Why he doesn’t work: Gentry passed on the Kings for a better opportunity in Golden State, so would he really want to be in Sacramento after Malone got fired?

CHRIS MULLIN

Why he works: Mullin is principal owner Vivek Ranadive’s trusted advisrr and a Hall of Fame player who learned from Nelson.

Why he doesn’t work: Mullin has no head coaching experience, and he might not want to give up his current role.

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