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Kings will interview Patrick Ewing for coaching opening

Former New York Knicks player Patrick Ewing waves to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in New York.
Former New York Knicks player Patrick Ewing waves to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in New York. AP

The Kings will interview Charlotte assistant coach Patrick Ewing for their head coaching vacancy, according to sources.

The Kings are looking for a replacement for George Karl, who was fired after the Kings finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.

Ewing, 53, is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame center who starred for the New York Knicks after leading Georgetown to the NCAA men’s championship game three times and winning the title in 1984. Ewing averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds in 17 NBA seasons for the Knicks, Seattle and Orlando.

Ewing an assistant coach for Washington, Houston and Orlando before become the Hornets’ associate head coach. The Hornets play at Miami on Sunday in the seventh game of their Eastern Conference opening-round playoff series.

The Kings already have interviewed Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson and have had discussions with Kevin McHale.

The team also plans to interview assistant coaches Nate McMillan of Indiana and Elston Turner of Memphis. The Kings also are expected to meet with former Golden State coach Mark Jackson.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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