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Sacramento Kings Head Coach Candidate Profile: Greg Wissinger

We have one final wildcard candidate for the Kings coaching search.

The Sacramento Kings search for a new head coach is in full swing, with candidates announced and interviews expected to begin this week. With seven candidates named so far, it seems only fitting to take some time to break down each candidate.

I'm joined by our good friend Jill Adge, who hosts The SportsEthos Sacramento Kings podcast. We highly recommend listening to Jill on any Kings topic, but specially when it comes to coaching searches. Jill has done overviews of candidates for the Kings next head coach, as well as deep dives on some of the candidates that I will link in their appropriate articles.

With that, let's jump into one last candidate.

Greg Wissinger

Age: 37
Current Role: Managing Editor, The Kings Herald
Resume: Has covered the Sacramento Kings as a blogger since 2012, once had a youth rec league coach suggest he would be better off coaching than trying to play

From Jill:

Jaded basketball lifer. Greg is ready to take on this coaching job with GIFs, memes, and sarcasm.

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When a team is facing a 16-year playoff drought, it's important to look at what hasn't worked so you can avoid making the same mistakes again. Over the course of the drought the Kings have hired first-time coaching, Hall of Fame coaches, and everything in between. The one thing they all had in common? They were all professional basketball coaches with resumes that included years of experience. It's time to try something different.

Greg Wissinger is a candidate who would break the bad habit of hiring professional coaches to try to fix the Sacramento Kings. Wissinger has no professional coaching experience, which means he can shake up the system.

Greg also has an extensive and well-documented history of disagreeing with nearly every coaching decision that's been made for the Kings over the last 16 years. He has regularly explained to anyone who will listen (primarily his children) that he could do a better job. Given the results over these last 16 years, it makes sense to hire someone who second-guessed what the actual coaches were doing. After all, where did those coaching decisions get the Kings?

One thing we know for sure is that if the season is lost, you can count on Greg to finish the year with a proper tank. Unfortunately, as noted by Rob Hessing, there's also the possibility that Greg will unintentionally tank the season right from the start.

We haven't seen Wissinger's name attached to the Kings by Shams or Woj yet, but it seems like an oversight that the Kings will likely remedy before they finish their first round of interviews this week. While he wouldn't be at the top of most people's wish list, I personally would be very happy if the Kings landed on Greg Wissinger as their next head coach.

Previously: Will Hardy

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April 27, 2022 8:26 am

Greg on the sideline as Kings coach when trying to think of a play to draw up:
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April 27, 2022 8:44 am
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Hit them with the old 6vs5 play. Works every time.

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April 27, 2022 8:28 am

But can we boo?

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April 27, 2022 8:50 am
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April 27, 2022 8:33 am

Finally, we found the one candidate I’d want even less than Mark Jackson.

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April 27, 2022 5:36 pm
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Speak for yourself. Greg is a negative impact on a bad team. Mark Jackson is the end of a franchise.

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April 27, 2022 8:37 am

Monte: Greg ruined my coaching search.

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April 27, 2022 8:39 am

A TKH contributor for coach of the Kangz? Ok.

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April 27, 2022 8:46 am
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Let’s do it! It can’t get any wor-

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April 27, 2022 8:45 am
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Excellent.

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April 27, 2022 8:45 am
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That is awesome.

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April 27, 2022 8:46 am
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Hahahahahaha!

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April 27, 2022 8:51 am
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Monte’s internal voice: (Must be a Wilcox guy.)

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April 27, 2022 9:05 am
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McNair is reading TKH…..

Tell him that we want no part of Mark Jackson……..

We need Will Hardy, Darvin Ham……………………………….or maybe Greg……….

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April 27, 2022 6:58 pm

I’d also be fine w/Charles Lee or Mike D’Antoni.

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April 27, 2022 10:31 am
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The man has his ear to the ground.

Which is good, since so often, Greg is passed out on it.

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April 27, 2022 12:51 pm
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I hate Twitter but I love this.

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April 27, 2022 8:54 am

Greg’s wardrobe in the photo should be the inspiration for the next city connect uniform.

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April 27, 2022 10:43 am
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Is this why he has ruined so many marriages?

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April 27, 2022 9:01 am

I think Greg could get the Kings into the playoffs within 10 years . So it’s a good hire based on past results .

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April 27, 2022 9:14 am
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Greg roster:

PG:  Tim Maxwell 
SG: Will Griffith
SF:  Tony Xypteras  
PF: Akis  
C: JillAdge

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April 27, 2022 9:49 am
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April 27, 2022 10:33 am

If Greg could get them to give maybe 2 shits about defense, I could talk myself into him.

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April 27, 2022 10:41 am

What about Jay Wright from Villanova? Let’s see if we can get McNair to comment eyes on THAT tweet.

After all of these, my personal tiers are like this:

The Impossible Dream(s):
Jay Wright
Quin Snyder

Top:
Hardy
Ham

Good Not Great:
Brown
Charles Lee

They’re certainly a coach!:
D’Antoni
Clifford

No, no, no, no, (Lego Batman going backwards up the stairs):

Greg

Fifty Feet of Crap.

The Mark Jackson Tier:
Mark Jackson.

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April 27, 2022 11:00 am
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Wright seemed pretty clear about taking some time off before considering another job, and I’m assuming that means more than April & May. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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April 27, 2022 1:34 pm
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Totally agree. I doubt he’s jumping now, and I doubt we’d be his go-to spot if he did. But I’d love to take that homerun swing. He’s got strong fundamentals, he’s a proven winner, and he seems to be a high character guy.

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April 27, 2022 2:26 pm
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Hire Greg now and be ready next season for Jay Wright ! One step back but 5 forward .

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April 27, 2022 10:50 am

Plus the Wissinger tagged merch would fly off the shelves with his signature tag line:
“Don’t forget I KNOW NOTHING!!!”

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April 27, 2022 10:54 am
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When you Wiss upon a star.
Boo Yeah!
Greg Reflex.

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April 27, 2022 10:56 am
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“Forget about your marriage. Greg ruined the Kings!”

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April 27, 2022 11:15 am

King Vivek – This record setting playoff drought is embarrassing- there’s a candidate who can help control the narrative. And he’ll make a splash and be the talk of the League – he’s a crowd source favorite. You can continue to be the innovator we know you to be!

Go on…

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April 27, 2022 1:37 pm

Vivek: What does he think about playing 4-on-5?

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April 28, 2022 3:25 pm
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Will somebody think of the Jazz Hands???

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April 27, 2022 11:45 am

Vivek can be lead assistant coach. That would be historical, the first owner/coach. lol.

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April 27, 2022 3:45 pm
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Don’t you mean hysterical?

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April 27, 2022 12:33 pm

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April 27, 2022 12:40 pm
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Greg as HC? That’s over the top!
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April 27, 2022 1:40 pm

We’ve found the missing ingredient for turning this franchise around! Why not give it a shot? We’ve tried a lot of other steps, why not the amateur coach?

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April 27, 2022 1:49 pm

Greg is the coach we didn’t know we need.

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April 27, 2022 1:50 pm
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And also the coach we didn’t need to know.

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April 27, 2022 2:11 pm
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And the coach who didn’t know the needs.

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April 27, 2022 1:55 pm

I’m scanning the comments for TKH accounts that I haven’t’ seen before…checking for Monte McNair’s burner account 😉

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April 27, 2022 2:12 pm

You could make a decent argument that the fastest path to the playoffs is the very, very high draft pick that would result from hiring Greg as tank commander head coach.

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April 27, 2022 2:40 pm

Can’t wait to see who Greg brings in as assistants.

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April 27, 2022 3:50 pm
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From left to right:
Tyreke Evans, Yours Truly, Derrick Williams.

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April 27, 2022 5:12 pm
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Coke machine man! Get yer soda wars straight!

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April 28, 2022 10:26 am
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Looks like this picture was taken next to Section 214.

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April 27, 2022 6:37 pm

Does Greg have any acting chops? In a Will Ferrell sort of way?

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