Report: Sacramento Kings fire second-year coach Mike Malone

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Report: Sacramento Kings fire second-year coach Mike Malone
Monday December 15th, 2014

The Sacramento Kings have fired second-year head coach Mike Malone, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. News surfaced of the Kings' move early Monday morning. Assistant coach Ty Corbin will take over for Malone, Wojnarowski reports. Sacramento hired Corbin as its top assistant in July after he served as head coach for the Utah Jazz from 2011-14.

Ownership cited the Kings' record as the reason behind Malone's departure, according to Wojnarowski. Malone, 11-13 this season, went 28-54 in his first year in Sacramento. His contract runs through the 2015-16 season.

Malone previously served two seasons as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors. This change comes as a surprise with franchise player DeMarcus Cousins having missed the last nine games with viral meningitis and the Kings having shown signs of improvement earlier this season.

Sacramento won five of its first six games and was ranked as high as No. 5 in's NBA Power Rankings on Nov. 10. The Kings have gone 2-7 in Cousins' absence, including three straight losses with the last coming against the Detroit Pistons at home on Saturday. Malone is the first NBA head coach fired this season.

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