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Report: Kings fire Malone

Ty Corbin takes over as interim coach after Kings started 11-13

POSTED: Dec 15, 2014 1:45 AM ET

By David Aldridge

BY David Aldridge

TNT Analyst

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The Sacramento Kings, struggling to stay in the chase in the Western Conference with star center DeMarcus Cousins ailing with viral meningitis, fired coach Mike Malone late Sunday night, according to league sources. Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over on an interim basis.

The Kings, 11-13 and losers of eight of their last 10 games, had high expectations of making the playoffs this season, having signed free agent point guard Darren Collison last summer, giving forward Rudy Gay a contract extension and building around Cousins, who got a max deal from owner Vivek Ranadive last summer. Ranadive and management believed Sacramento could compete now for a playoff berth.

Sacramento got off to a good start this season. But after Cousins came down with the ailment late last month, the Kings slumped. They are currently a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the west.

Sources indicated management was not happy with the team's style of play or the direction of the team under Malone, who was hired in 2013 and went 28-54 in his first season.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the firing.