SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -The Sacramento Kings fired coach Eric Musselman on Friday after just one tumultuous season.
The Kings went 33-49 and missed the playoffs this spring after reaching the postseason eight consecutive times under Rick Adelman.
``There is no particular joy in making this decision,'' said Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations. ``However, I feel it is in the best interest of everyone going forward.''
Adelman was dropped by Sacramento owners Joe and Gavin Maloof last summer against the apparent wishes of Petrie. The Maloofs then chose Musselman, a longtime NBA assistant coach who presided over two decent seasons with the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04.
But Musselman's season was a disappointment from Oct. 20, when he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Musselman later pleaded no contest to the charge and served a two-game suspension in February.
The Kings, who won two Pacific Division titles and reached the 2002 Western Conference finals under Adelman, struggled under Musselman, despite returning largely the same roster that scared the San Antonio Spurs in a first-round series last season. The unpleasant locker room was filled with infighting, and veterans Ron Artest, Mike Bibby and Brad Miller failed to take charge.
After weeks of rumors surrounding Musselman's departure, the Kings made the move after Musselman met with Petrie on Friday. The Maloofs must pay Musselman about $5 million for the remaining two seasons of his contract.
The Kings don't intend to start a coaching search until Petrie returns from an upcoming scouting trip to Europe.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Knicks vs. Trail Blazers Prediction Are the Trail Blazers laying too many points to the Knicks tonight at 10:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Grizzlies vs. Spurs Prediction Are the Spurs a safe bet to cover against the Grizzlies tonight at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Mavericks Prediction Will tonight's Clippers and Mavericks matchup fly over the betting total at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Heat Prediction Will the Heat cover as a home favorite tonight against the Raptors when the two teams square off at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Suns vs. Nets Prediction Will the Nets cover the spread tonight as a rare favorite when they host the Suns at 7:30PM ET?

NBA Team Pages