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Report: Kings to make head coach decision ‘pretty quickly’ 06.02.09 at 11:42 am ET
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The Sacramento Kings are looking to make a decision on their head coaching vacancy “pretty quickly,” according to Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee. The organization interviewed Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis on Monday, days after interviewing Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau for the position. They are reportedly interested in former Celtic Paul Westphal.

“They’re great candidates, all three of them,” Kings co-owner Joe Maloof told the Bee. “They’re all really good, so we’ll have to circle back with (President) Geoff (Petrie) a little later and see what he thinks. … We’ll have a decision pretty quickly.”

Earlier this week, the Bee reported Westphal is the leading candidate. Even though Thibodeau has proven postseason experience as an assistant, Amick points out Petrie had specific criteria in mind at the beginning of the job search:

“The mere presence of Thibodeau goes against Petrie’s initial outline of the parameters, as he had called for coaches with ‘some level of success’ as an NBA head coach. Rambis’ 24-13 record as a head coach qualifies, but comes nowhere close to Westphal’s 267-159 record.”

Thibodeau also interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers head coaching opportunity. They hired former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan.

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Report: Thibodeau not Kings top candidate 05.31.09 at 10:20 pm ET
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After the Philadelphia 76ers hired Eddie Jordan as head coach, Boston assistant coach Tom Thibodeau met with the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas this weekend regarding their head coaching vacancy. Thibodeau, however, is not the top candidate, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Bee reported former Celtic Paul Westphal is the top prospect, followed by LA Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis.

Celtics President Danny Ainge advocated for Thibodeau, telling the Bee, “[He] should be a part of any (current) coaching search.” Ainge also promoted his former coach Westphal, who he played for as a member of the Phoenix Suns –”I’m a big fan of Paul Westphal. He understands people, and he understands personalities, and he has a very, very creative basketball mind. ”

Thibodeau is the only candidate of the pool without head coaching experience.

(via HoopsHype)

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Who is Mikki Moore? 02.24.09 at 7:31 pm ET
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On Tuesday the Boston Celtics signed free agent big man Mikki Moore. In just a matter of days since being waived by the Sacramento Kings, he had become one of the hottest players on the market. But it wasn’t that long ago that Moore was known for being a journeyman rather than a contributor on a championship-defending team. So who is Mikki Moore?

Full name: Clinton Renard Moore

Born: November 4, 1975

Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina

High School: Blacksburg HS, Blacksburg, SC
(Fast Fact: Celtics guard Ray Allen attended Hillcrest HS in Dalzell, SC. Moore and Allen are two of six players currently in the NBA to attend high school in that state.)

College: University of Nebraska (1997)

What’s in a name? The nickname Mikki (pronounced “Mikey”) was given to Moore as a kid because he liked to eat Life cereal. He also goes by “Snake” for his love of reptiles.
(Fast fact: Former Celtic James Posey goes by the nickname “Mike” to his friends and family)

He looks familiar: Moore signed a 10-day contract with the Celtics in 2003. He picked up six fouls in three games, but never scored a basket.

League leader: In 2007, Moore led the league in field goal percentage (.609). The following season he led the league in personal fouls (310).
(Fast fact: Former Celtics center Robert Parish was called for 310 fouls in the 1981 season. He only ranked 10th in the NBA.)

Lucky # 7: Moore will be the first player to wear number seven since Al Jefferson. Tom Gugliotta wore it prior to Big Al in 2005.

Lending a helping hand: Moore’s goal is to touch every community he plays in. He founded the Moore Love Foundation in his home state of South Carolina and bussed 600 children to a Charlotte Bobcats game. As a member of the Detroit Pistons, Moore helped knock down and rebuild homes in drug-infested neighborhoods. He also distributed Thanksgiving turkeys with the Utah Jazz, among other initiatives.

Moore’s Road (Back) to Boston

  • June, 1997: Undrafted in NBA Draft
  • September 30, 1997: Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • October 28, 1997: Waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 1998-99: Played nine games for Papagou of the Greek League
  • 1998-99: Played remainder of the season for the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association
  • January 21, 1999: Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • January 27, 1999: Waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • January 29, 1999: Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Pistons
  • February 18, 1999: Waived by the Detroit Pistons
  • October 5, 1999: Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Pistons
  • August 5, 2002: Waived by the Detroit Pistons
  • October 3, 2002: Signed as a free agent by the San Antonio Spurs
  • October 24, 2002: Waived by the San Antonio Spurs
  • 2002-03, 2003-04: Played for the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA Development League
  • January 6, 2003: Signed by the Boston Celtics to a 10-day contract
  • April 14, 2003: Signed by the Atlanta Hawks for the remainder of the season
  • September 27, 2003: Signed as a free agent by the Seattle SuperSonics
  • October 21, 2003: Waived by the Seattle SuperSonics
  • December 22, 2003: Signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Nets
  • January 7, 2004: Waived by the New Jersey Nets
  • January 28, 2004: Signed by the Utah Jazz to the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts
  • March 4, 2004: Signed by the Utah Jazz for the remainder of the season
  • August 20, 2004: Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers
  • August 31, 2005: Signed as a free agent by the Seattle SuperSonics
  • July 7, 2006: Traded by the Seattle SuperSonics to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft
  • July 13, 2007: Signed as a free agent by the Sacramento Kings
  • February 19, 2009: Waived by Sacramento Kings
  • February 24, 2009: Signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics
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Report: Moore and the Celtics 02.23.09 at 4:05 pm ET
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WEEI.com has confirmed, through a league source, the Boston Herald‘s report that free agent Mikki Moore is expected to sign with the Boston Celtics once he clears waivers on Tuesday morning. Moore was placed on waivers by the Sacramento Kings last Thursday. According to the Herald, Celtics President Danny Ainge has denied making a formal offer. However their source insisted Moore will pick the Celtics.

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Report: Cassell to Kings 02.17.09 at 9:37 am ET
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According to a report on ESPN.com, the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Sam Cassell and cash to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a future second-round pick. The Celtics currently have a league-maximum 15 players on their roster and this move would allow them to make an addition for the playoffs.

Cassell’s place on the Celtics came into question as talks of Stephon Marbury heated up this winter. Even though Cassell has not played since Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 15, 2008, he told WEEI.com in January there was no agreement between him and the Celtics to step down in place of another player.

“No not at all. There’s nothing unwritten in this league,” he said. “I’m a part of this team til the end.”

The Kings could waive the 39-year-old veteran. Whether he winds up on the court in a uniform or the sidelines in a suit, Cassell is happy with his career.

“I’m here to do what this team (the Celtics) asks me to do,” Cassell said. “I’ve had a great career and I’m cool with it. Whatever the team needs from me. I want to coach. I’m almost 40-years-old … so it’s going to happen sooner or later. Either this year or next year.”

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday.

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