Monday , Dec , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento Kings Fire Reggie Theus

The Kings have lost 10 of 11 to fall into last place in the Pacific Division, with only a win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the last 31/2 weeks. Sacramento’s 24-point home loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday night — the ninth loss in 10 games at Arco Arena — was Theus’ final game.

Theus’ firing was first reported by He is the sixth coach fired in the NBA already this season, following P.J. Carlesimo (Oklahoma City), Eddie Jordan (Washington), Sam Mitchell (Toronto), Randy Wittman (Minnesota) and Maurice Cheeks (Philadelphia), who was dismissed Saturday.

Theus played 13 seasons in the NBA, memorably scoring the first basket for the first Kings team in Sacramento after the club’s move to Northern California in 1985. He went 38-44 in his debut season as head coach after the Kings hired him away from New Mexico State, where he built a solid program that marked him as an up-and-coming coaching prospect.