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Bird, Mullin, Dunleavy in Kings GM search; but Wallace in lead

Jun 3, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York Reuters

It’s unorthodox to hire your head coach before your general manager — usually the GM gets to set the vision and bring in a coach to execute it.

But that’s not the way it is going down for new owner Kings owner Vivek Ranadive in Sacramento — Mike Malone is coming in from Golden State to be the head coach. Now they just need to find his boss and GM.

The Kings expanded that search to some big name guys over the weekend, reports Ken Berger at

The Sacramento Kings’ new ownership group has reached out to Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Chris Mullin as well as former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy about running the team’s basketball operations, a search that is wide-open, league sources told on Monday….

“It’s wide open,” another league source said. “It’s not concrete on those guys.”

But the leader from the start has seemed to be Chris Wallace, the GM who put much of the current Grizzlies roster together but who has been pushed aside as new ownership has gone to a more analytics-based approach. Marc Stein of ESPN hears he is still the front runner.

You have to like that the new Kings’ ownership is aiming big. Call up the big names and see what they are thinking.

But expect Wallace to end up with the job.

  1. fatcamper - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    When I see “Wallace” my mind normally conjures up an image of Rasheed. I was pretty disappointed to see that he wasn’t a candidate, and it was Mike Wallace instead. I’m pretty sure Rasheed could have found a way to get a technical as the GM and we would all be better off watching it.

    • mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      If it was Mike Wallace, we’d be hearing how everything that’s ever gone wrong in the world is the fault of those evil Republicans.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      I get Wallace from the Wire but that’s just me.

  2. kdubb32 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    This acticle should have been titled, “Kings looking at White Guys in GM search”.

  3. jrazz22 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:38 PM PDT
    This acticle should have been titled, “Kings looking at White Guys in GM search”.
    Yeah it’s total bias here. I mean isn’t there enough white people involved with the NBA?

  4. gymtruthteller - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    If you take Chris Wallace over Bird you’re an idiot. Vin Baker anyone? Calling Vin Baker.

    Bird put together the current team taking the Miami Heat to game 7 in the ECF.

  5. djackklingler3 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Can we get Rick Adelman back? We Won with him,.

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