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Add Williamson, Hornacek to list of Kings’ coaching candidates

Corliss Williamson has been on the Kings’ staff since 2013, when he joined Michael Malone’s staff. He has a good relationship with several Kings players and George Karl told The Bee last week that Williamson deserved an opportunity to compete for the position.
Corliss Williamson has been on the Kings’ staff since 2013, when he joined Michael Malone’s staff. He has a good relationship with several Kings players and George Karl told The Bee last week that Williamson deserved an opportunity to compete for the position. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings have added two more names to their list of candidates to replace George Karl as coach.

Kings assistant coach Corliss Williamson and former Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek will interview for the vacancy this week, according to sources.

It’s been nearly three weeks since Karl was fired after the season.

Williamson, 42, was a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 1995 after helping lead Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA Championship. He had two stints with the Kings (1995-2000 and 2004-07). He was NBA Sixth Man of the Year with Detroit in 2002 and won an NBA championship with Detroit in 2004.

Williamson, who also played for Philadelphia and Toronto, averaged 11.1 points.

Williamson has been on the Kings’ staff since 2013, when he joined Michael Malone’s staff. He was the head coach at Arkansas Baptist College (2009-10) and at the University of Central Arkansas (2010-13).

He has a good relationship with several Kings players and Karl told The Bee last week that Williamson deserved an opportunity to compete for the position.

Williamson was known as one of the NBA’s toughest players during his career and it’s expected he’d bring the same mentality to the coaching job with the Kings.

Hornacek, 52, was 101-112 in three seasons with Phoenix. He was fired in February when the Suns were 14-35. In his first season with the Suns, he led them to a 48-34 record.

Hornacek averaged 14.5 points in 14 NBA seasons with Phoenix, Philadelphia and Utah. He was an All-Star with the Suns in 1992. He was an assistant coach for the Jazz before become head coach for the Suns.

The Kings are known to have interest in more than 12 candidates.

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

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