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Report: Brown, Jackson among finalists for Kings' HC job

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The Kings are narrowing down the list of candidates for their open head coaching job, and two coaches with ties to the Warriors reportedly have made the cut.

Former Warriors coach and current ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson has emerged as a finalist for the Kings' job, The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported Saturday, citing sources.

Additionally, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing sources, current Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown is a finalist for the Kings' vacancy, along with former Charlotte and Orlando head coach Steve Clifford.

Former longtime NBA head coach Mike D'Antoni and current Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson reportedly also were candidates for the Kings' job, though it's unknown if they are finalists.

The Kings are in need of a new head coach after parting ways with Alvin Gentry, who took over in the interim after Luke Walton was fired during the 2021-22 NBA season.

The Kings went 6-11 under Walton this past season and 24-41 after Gentry took over, finishing with a 30-52 record, good for 12th place in the Western Conference. The franchise's playoff drought reached 16 consecutive seasons.

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It's unclear if there are other finalists for the job or when Kings general manager Monte McNair will make a decision on whom to hire, but the NBA Draft Combine begins May 16 in Chicago and the 2022 NBA Draft lottery takes place May 17, so it would be preferable to have a coach in place by then.