Here's the preliminary list:
Kurt Rambis, Lakers assistant
Tom Thibodeau, Rockets assistant
Stan Van Gundy, former Heat coach
Reggie Theus, New Mexico State coach
Scott Brooks, Kings assistant
Elston Turner, former Kings assistant
As Chris indicated, Turner's presence shows Petrie's power in this decision-making process. Turner loudly criticized the Maloofs last summer because of comments to owners made regarding the lack of defensive fortitude the Kings showed under Rick Adelman.
I expect this list to change as the playoffs progress, though I suspect Petrie would like to make a decision before May ends. Of the assistants still coaching, Detroit's Terry Porter, New Jersey's Bill Cartwright, San Antonio's P.J. Carlesimo, and Phoenix's Marc Iavaroni are the ones I'd expect could join the list.
- John Whisenant, which is another sign Petrie is in control here.
- Rick Carlisle.
- Mario Elie, who must not have interviewed well last summer.
The great thing about this list: I don't break into hives imagining any of these guys on the Sacramento sideline. That's a good thing.