The coaching search has officially begun and the first reported interview the Kings are having is with L.A. Clippers assistant and former head coach of both the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, Mike Woodson.
The Kings sought and were granted permission by the Clippers to meet with Woodson in the near future, sources said.
Woodson, 58, is one of several former head coaches with whom the Kings want to discuss their job opening. The Kings also have interest in Vinny Del Negro, Kevin McHale and Mark Jackson, among others.
In his second year on the Clippers' coaching staff under Doc Rivers, Woodson most recently led the New York Knicks to a 54-victory regular season in 2012-13 and the franchise's first playoff series victory in 13 years. As interim coach in 2011-12, Woodson won 18 of 24 games to close the regular season and reach the playoffs.
Woodson has a 315-365 (.463) record as head coach but has also worked with both young teams and playoff teams. He even has a connection with the Sacramento Kings, being the starting shooting guard for the team when they first arrived in Sacramento.
As a coach, Woodson has a reputation as a "defensive-minded" guy, but the best any of his teams has finished in terms of defensive rating is 5th with the 57 win Knicks squad in 2011 (which was coached by Mike D'Antoni for the first half of the season) while the rest of his squads were middling to below average on that side of the floor. In fact, one of the complaints that got him fired from the Knicks were inexplicable switching schemes that sound awfully familiar.
Woodson wouldn't be the best or the worst hire, but the Kings have to hit a home run here and I don't see that in Woodson.