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Sacramento Kings Notes, Quotes 2009-06-03

Sacramento Kings Notes, Quotes 2009-06-03
--The Kings and Philadelphia 76ers are the only two teams with head coaching vacancies. And thus far, they're taking almost identical approaches to filling the spots.

Both teams have targeted Eddie Jordan, Kurt Rambis and Tom Thibodeau as candidates for the job, and both organizations also are alike in their measured approach to their respective coaching search. The Kings, in addition, have interviewed Paul Westphal, the former Phoenix and Seattle coach who spent last season as the executive vice president of basketball operations for Dallas. The Kings' job became open when they let interim coach Kenny Natt go after the season, while the 76ers' Tony DiLeo moved back into the organization's front office after he had replaced Maurice Cheeks midseason.

--The Kings were saddened by the news of Wayman Tisdale's passing on May 20; the former Kings forward was one of the most beloved figures in the franchise's history. Tisdale, 44, died of bone cancer after an almost two-year battle that had resulted in the amputation of part of his right leg. After spending nearly half of his 12-season career in Sacramento, the former University of Oklahoma star went on to become an accomplished jazz musician.

"When I think of Wayman Tisdale I think of one the absolutely most delightful players that we've had in the 24 years I've been associated with this organization," Kings director of player personnel Jerry Reynolds said in a statement. "He was certainly one of the most outstanding players, and his stats would prove that. I'll take it a step further; there was never a time when he wasn't the most popular player in the locker room.

"He had no enemies. If he had a bad game, he would never point fingers at teammates and coaches. Wayman was always a stand-up guy. He was a person who knew what he wanted after his playing days were over, hence his preparation in his music career. He knew that being a jazz musician was the direction he wanted to go, and I've always admired that about him. He married his high school sweetheart. His family was great and Wayman always put them first. Again, he was a stand-up guy in every way, a delight to coach and honor to know."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Four years ago, the best player in the draft was the fourth pick, (New Orleans point guard) Chris Paul. Three years ago, the best player in the draft was the sixth pick, (Portland guard) Brandon Roy. Last year, the fourth pick was a guy named Russell Westbrook, who turned in a terrific year (for Oklahoma City). Obviously, there's no reason to believe you can't get a quality, quality player that can help this franchise for years to come." -- Kings director of player personnel Jerry Reynolds on his team's fourth pick in the June 25 draft.

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