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Sacramento Kings head coach finalists reportedly down to Mark Jackson and two others

Jason Burgos
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Former Golden State Warriors and current ESPN broadcast voice Mark Jackson is one of three finalists for the Sacramento Kings head coach opening.

On Saturday, sources informed ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski that Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown, Brooklyn Nets consultant Steve Clifford, and Jackson are among the finalists for the Kings’ head coaching job.

All three have previous head coaching experience. Brown had jobs with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers between 2005 and 2014, while Clifford held the top coaching job for the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic between 2013 and 2021.

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Also on Saturday, ESPN 1320 Kings insider James Ham also reported on Twitter that “the other four candidates have been told that they are no longer in the running. In-person meetings are next.”

Sacramento Kings have not made the playoffs in 16 straight seasons

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Last season, the Kings finished with a 30-52 record in their sixteenth straight season without reaching the playoffs.

ESPN’s Jackson is probably the most notable of the finalists for the gig, due to his notable history as a player in the league for 19 seasons, his work as one of the network’s top voices for NBA games, and from a three-year stint as the head coach of the Warriors. During his tenure for Golden State, he amassed a 121-109 record and was key in the early development of stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

However, his tenure ended in 2014 after clashes with team management and he has yet to return to the league as a head coach despite interviewing for several openings since then.

Whoever takes over the Sacramento Kings job will have a solid young core to help end the team’s league-record playoff draught. Last season, 2017 first-round pick De’Aaron Fox averaged 23.2 points per game,3.9 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. During February’s trade deadline the franchise acquired former Orlando Magic first-round pick Domantas Sabonis. A player who also had a strong 2021-2022 by averaging 18.9 PPG, 12.1 REB, and 5.2 AST.