Musselman introduced as Kings head coach
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings held a press
conference Saturday to introduce Eric Musselman as their new head coach.
“I think we got one of the brilliant young minds in basketball today with Eric
Musselman,” said co-owner Joe Maloof. “His preparation and attention to detail
is something our organization needs. He brings a great attitude with the type
of intensity and passion towards the game that we like.”
Musselman, who was an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies for nearly
two seasons and a former head coach of Golden State, will replace Rick
Adelman. He becomes the 20th head coach in Kings’ history.
“I’m extremely excited and thankful for this opportunity,” said Musselman.
“The Sacramento Kings are an outstanding organization with terrific ownership,
talented players, a great staff, and a fan-base with unparallel passion for
Musselman compiled a 75-89 record in two seasons (2002-04) as head coach of
the Warriors. Golden State had the NBA’s most improved record in 2003 at
38-44, which was 17 more wins than the previous season. Musselman was the
runner-up for the NBA Coach of the Year award that season.
On May 9, the Kings announced they would not renew Adelman’s contract for the
2006-07 season. Sacramento finished with a 44-38 mark last season and pushed
the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to six games in the Western
Conference quarterfinals. However, after squaring the series at 2-2,
Sacramento was routed in Game 5 then lost Game 6 at ARCO Arena.
Adelman spent eight seasons with the Kings, compiling a 395-229 record during
the regular season. He became the franchise’s winningest coach with his 296th
victory on March 19, 2004, when the Kings defeated the Indiana Pacers, 94-92,
at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Yet, Adelman’s teams had a tendency to fade in the postseason, posting a 34-35
record in eight straight playoff appearances without ever making it to the NBA