Kenny Natt, Assistant Coaches Let Go

As expected, the Kings declined the option on Kenny Natt's contract. The assistant coaches have been canned, too. (Shareef Abdur-Rahim was on a one-year deal; no word on his status. Pete Carril is a consultant, not a coach.)

Geoff Petrie had limited press availability this afternoon (right now, actually), and the Kings media folks are putting out quotes from the event via Twitter. Here's the key point to date:

Petrie on coaching search- 'Looking for experienced coach. Experience as head coach in NBA. Achieved a certain level of success in NBA.'

That would seem to eliminate John Whisenant, Jeff Ruland, Mike Budenholzer, Elston Turner, Brian Shaw, Tom Thibodeau, Ettore Messina, Kurt Rambis (most likely -- Rambo did have a cup of coffee). The "certain level of success" line might eliminate Dwane Casey, and will assuredly eliminate Marc Iavaroni. 

Sam Amick has a solid reminder of how things went the last two times, and correctly suggests this is going to take awhile ... given that Petrie is going on an overseas scouting trip for at least two weeks beginning Friday.

 

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