Posted by: Kingsguru21 | June 6, 2009

Sam Amick offers some tidbits on the draft and coaching search

Today, Amick wrote for the paper that Clark & Johnson worked out for the Kings yesterday (knew that already), but that they had similar schedules. This quote stuck out:

“We looked at each other’s schedules and had a lot of workouts together,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a lot more of them together, too, and it’s nice to have somebody on the road who you can talk to instead of being in the hotel room by yourself. That kind of gets boring.”

The meat of the story was built around the coaching search, though. First food for thought:

According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, neither Rambis nor his representative has negotiated potential terms of an offer. And while the Kings appear poised to do so, those potential discussions might not occur until the series against Orlando ends.

I’m at the point where I don’t know if Rambis is the coach I want. But, at the same time, I don’t think he isn’t someone who can be overlooked. Coaching searches are tricky.

Amick also says this:

The prospect of landing Rambis in eventual discussions may be daunting. The barometer set by Westphal – who has agreed to a potential contract that includes two guaranteed seasons at $1.5 million per season – likely is too low to get the deal done on both the financial front and amount of guaranteed seasons.

My question is simple: What made Westphal the front runner two weeks ago? What’s pushed Rambis into that particular forefront?

At the end of the story, Sam did mention that Joe & Gavin wlll be in town to see today’s workout (DeJuan Blair is the biggest name on today’s slate, and then for the Monarch’s home opener.

If the holdup at this point is that conducting the draft workout’s and such is the first priority, because it’s time sensitive, than that is what it is. I’m kinda hoping that the holdup isn’t a real snafu like: “I like Westphal’s price, but not his assistants”; Or, “I like Rambis but he’s demanding too long a contract for too much.” Those are the type of things that permeate a 2nd rate franchise. I hope that isn’t happening. That’s all I can really say at this point. Because, truthfully, I’m a bit tapped out on this whole deal.

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