Unlike the Washington Wizards' laser focused head coaching search, the Sacramento Kings are playing the field.
One of the NBA's most dysfunctional franchises is in the process of interviewing several candidates for the head coaching job now open since George Karl's departure.
Some of the names are familiar with regards to such openings. One of the names is the most famous of the bunch, but new-ish to such discussions.
That would be Patrick Ewing, currently an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets.
Sacramento will interview Mark Jackson and Jeff Hornacek this week in addition to David Blatt and Patrick Ewing, according to league sources— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 3, 2016
You may remember Ewing from his Hall of Fame playing career with Georgetown on the college level and primarily the New York Knicks in the pros. The "remember" part is obviously an attempt at humor because Ewing is one of the most inconic players of all-time. Yet despite his on-court prowess, despite paying his dues for years as an assistant -- four teams over 13 seasons - he hasn't landed a coveted head coaching job.
Ewing spent the last three seasons as an associate head coach with the Hornets, who were knocked out the playoffs with a Game 7 loss at the Miami Heat.
Who knows what Sacramento truly desires in a head coach these days.
What's clear is that any new hire must figure out a way to deal with talented, but frustrating center DeMarcus Cousins. An All-Star big man, Cousins has the skill set of an elite player, but the attitude of a perennial malcontent.
Other candidates mentioned above and some others not like for Kings forward Carliss Williamson, are interesting. If the goal is to find someone who can literally look the 6-foot-10 Cousins in the eye while providing true guidance, the line should start and likely end with the imposing Ewing.
Sacramento hasn't made the playoffs since 2006 and yet the current vintage might be the most LOL part of the last decade.
From ownership on down, nobody can seemingly get the franchise out of the ditch. This job won't be easy for coach, especially one without any previous head coaching experience. Yet the circumstances are interesting for a coach with Ewing's resume.
If he truly wants, here's hoping he at least gets a long look.