Kings Have Permission to Interview Kurt Rambis

9:01 PM, May 31, 2009   |    comments
  • Kurt Rambis sits to the right of Phil Jackson, the Kings have recieved permission to interview Rambis.
  • Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau met with Kings Saturday afternoon
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SACRAMENTO. CA - The Sacramento Kings hope to interview Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis this week, becoming the fourth candidate to meet with the franchise about their open head coaching position.

"I had a chance to speak with the Lakers to confirm we would like to speak to Kurt before the Finals and they agreed to allow us to do that," said Geoff Petrie on

On Saturday, the Kings interviewed their third head coaching candidate Tom Thibodeau in Las Vegas.

Much like Rambis, this was the second interview for Thibodeau, who is now a Celtics assistant, both losing out to Reggie Theus two years ago.

On, Petrie had this to say, "We met for two-and-a-half hours in what I would catergorize as an impressive overall interview. We talked at length on his basketball philosophies. Tom was very well prepared and is very engaging. He certainly is someone whose extensive NBA coaching experience, which includes approximately 140 Playoff games, really comes across when you sit down and talk with him. He is definitely a teacher with a pragmatic approach to development."

After losing Eddie Jordan to the 76ers, Petrie says Paul Westphal still remains a strong candidate.


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