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Kings dismiss interim coach Kenny Natt

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Sacramento, once a model of stability during eight consecutive winning seasons and playoff appearances under Rick Adelman, will be looking for its fourth coach since Adelman was fired in 2006 by owners Joe and Gavin Maloof.

April 24, 2009|Associated Press

The Sacramento Kings fired interim coach Kenny Natt and his four assistants Thursday, a week after the club finished with the NBA's worst record.

The Kings, once a model of stability during eight consecutive winning seasons and playoff appearances under coach Rick Adelman, will be looking for their fourth coach since Adelman was fired in 2006 by owners Joe and Gavin Maloof.

Natt, a longtime NBA assistant for Jerry Sloan and Mike Brown, was promoted after Sacramento fired Reggie Theus on Dec. 15. Natt went 11-47 in charge of the Kings, who finished 17-65.

Sacramento also fired assistant coaches Rex Kalamian, Jason Hamm, Randy Brown and Bubba Burrage. The Kings didn't disclose the status of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the former Kings forward who became an assistant on a one-year contract this season.

Mutombo retires

Dikembe Mutombo, 42, said he was retired from basketball after rupturing a quadriceps tendon in his left knee early in Houston's 107-103 loss to Portland in Game 2 of their playoff series Tuesday.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo will have surgery on Monday.

Mutombo played for six teams, was the league's top defensive player four times and played in eight All-Star games in 18 seasons. He ranks 17th in rebounds (12,359) and second in blocked shots (3,289) behind Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830).

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