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Michael Malone Out As Sacramento Kings Head Coach


General Manager Pete D'Alessandro said today the decision to fire head coach Michael Malone was his and was based on style-of-play rather than wins and losses.

"What is the next phase? What's gonna take us to that next level?" said D'alessandro. "What are we gonna do from here? And we took that time to, kind of, really think this through, is this the coach to take us to that phase. We felt that, no, at this time, this wasn't."

Kings' center Demarcus Cousins has missed the last nine games with viral meningitis. He says he is shocked by the decision.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't feel like it was kind of  partially my fault. In reality, it isn't, but, me personally, I feel like it is -me being out, us losing some games, I mean I  feel like I played a part in it. But, like I said, it's just kind of just the nature of this business."

The team had a winning record before Cousins became ill, but has gone 2-and-7 in his absence.  

Team majority owner Vivek Ranadive's hired Malone away from the Golden State Warriors in early June of 2013. Malone was a coach with the Warriors for two seasons. 

Ranadive hired D'Alessandro away from the Denver Nuggets two weeks later. 

The team went 28-54 in their first year together.

The Kings haven't made the playoffs since 2006.

Assistant Coach Tyrone Corbin is the interim head coach. Corbin previously played with the Kings and was head coach of the Utah Jazz for a little more than three seasons. He has a career coaching record of 112-146. 

Assistant coach Chris Jent was also fired.