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Chris Mullin is understood to be hesitant about the idea of moving from an advisory role with the Sacramento Kings to becoming their head coach during the season.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has reportedly spent the last day or so trying to persuade Mullin to replace Mike Malone as head coach at the franchise, but Mullin has been less than keen to take the role thus far.
Aside from a lack of coaching experience in the NBA, Mullin is said to be uncomfortable about coming in during the middle of the season when he has had no time to work with the players and get his ideas across.
Those reservations could have been tempered with a training camp or time to assemble a coaching staff of his choice, but without the benefit of either of those he is expected to turn down the invitation.
Nevertheless, sources say that Mullin is keen on going into coaching at some point in the future and he may well be appointed at the end of the season with assistant Tyrone Corbin currently in charge on an interim basis.
Meanwhile, Malone was fired on Sunday with many suggesting that it was a philosophy-based decision given the fact that Sacramento are a respectable 11-13 so far this season and they have had to deal with the absence of DeMarcus Cousins.
During Cousins’ time on the sidelines with viral meningitis, the Kings have been on a 2-7 slide and it remains to be seen how the franchise player responds to the new coach after seemingly having a good working relationship with Malone.
George Karl, Mark Jackson and Vinny Del Negro have also all been linked with the post, but Sacramento have not made any statement on who their new coach will be yet.