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Change in coaches fails to lift Kings

Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone watches his players defend from the sideline against the Atlanta Hawks during the final seconds of their game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone watches his players defend from the sideline against the Atlanta Hawks during the final seconds of their game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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▪ Diehard fans, players and management can offer excuses, but there’s no doubt the Kings have taken a turn for the worse since Michael Malone was fired.

The frustrations got the better of center DeMarcus Cousins during Wednesday’s embarrassing 106-84 loss to Boston. Cousins, who had kept his emotions mostly in check this season, was called for a second technical foul Wednesday after tossing Celtics guard Marcus Smart to the ground in the fourth quarter.

After a 5-1 start, the Kings were 11-13 (with Cousins missing nine games) when management, citing “philosophical differences,” replaced Malone with Tyrone Corbin. In eight games under Corbin, they are 2-6, have failed to hold an opponent under 100 points and have been outscored in the six losses by an average of 12 points.

As The Bee’s Jason Jones tweeted: “Now Corbin to coach essentially 14 angry men.”

Not to mention angry fans.

▪ After 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke said they are seeking a successful, Bill Walsh-type teacher to replace Jim Harbaugh and our colleague Victor Contreras called Harbaugh the franchise’s best coach since Walsh, our friend Robert called to make sure we don’t forget George Seifert.

After nine years as an assistant coach for the 49ers, Seifert replaced Walsh in 1989 and led the 49ers to victory in Super Bowl XXIV. He had a .766 winning percentage and made it to the NFC Championship Game five times in eight seasons (Walsh was .609 and went to the NFC title game four times in 10 seasons). Seifert also won Super Bowl XXIX.

But after a second consecutive loss to the Packers in the NFC divisional playoffs, and despite a 12-4 regular-season record in 1996, Seifert was replaced by Steve Mariucci. Mariucci’s first season ended with a loss to Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

Seifert still is the 49ers’ winningest coach; Harbaugh was .695 in his four seasons.

▪ For Giants fans, the World Series celebration continues Wednesday when the trophy tour kicks off at Raley Field.

All three trophies – 2010, 2012, 2014 – will be on display in centerfield from 4 to 6 p.m. for viewing and photos, with the event open to the public.

– Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com

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