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Kings coaching staff to include Doug Christie, Jay Triano

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Sacramento Kings assistant coach Doug Christie and goaltender Donte DiVincenzo (0) joke during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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The Kings appear to be bolstering their coaching staff as they wait for newly hired head coach Mike Brown to take up his duties with the Golden State Warriors.

The team recently announced the hiring of Denver Nuggets assistant Jordi Fernandez as associate head coach, making him Brown’s primary assistant. The Kings won’t confirm any other additions to Brown’s staff at this time, but Substack’s Marc Stein reports he will include Charlotte Hornets assistant Jay Triano and Kings great Doug Christie, the earliest known remnant of Brown’s staff. Last year.

Triano, 63, is a veteran coach with 20 years of NBA experience. He started as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors from 2002 to 2008, under Lenny Wilkens, Kevin O’Neill and Sam Mitchell.

The Raptors named Triano interim head coach when Mitchell was fired in 2008, making him the first Canadian head coach in NBA history. Triano officially took over as head coach the following year and led Toronto to a 40-42 record, but was fired in 2011 after going 108-200 in three lost seasons.

Triano then served as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers under former coach Terry Stotts from 2012-16. Triano joined Earl Watson’s team as associate head coach of the Phoenix Suns in 2016-17.

The Suns named interim head coach Triano when Watson was fired three games into the 2017-18 season. Triano led Phoenix to a 117-115 win over the Kings in its opener, but the Suns let him go after finishing the season with a 21-61 record.

Triano immediately resurfaced when the Hornets hired him as James Borrego’s primary assistant in May 2018, a position Triano has held for the past four seasons.

Christie, 52, needs no introduction in Sacramento, where he remains a fan favorite and one of the most beloved players in franchise history. Stein reported that keeping Christie on the staff was stipulated as a top priority during the team’s coaching search, which ended when the Kings reached a four-year deal with Brown on May 9.

Christie played for the Kings from 2000 to 2005 during the team’s glory days under former coach Rick Adelman. During that time, Christie was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team four times, including a first-team selection in 2003.

Christie logged 15 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2007. He co-hosted “The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie” for several years on Sports 1140 KHTK and joined Napear as a color analyst on Kings television on NBC Sports California from 2018-21.

Christie quit his broadcasting jobs to join the coaching staff of former Kings coach Luke Walton in August 2021. Christie served as interim head coach last season when interim coach Alvin Gentry was away due to COVID-19.

This story was originally published May 22, 2022 5:00 a.m.

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He began his reporting career at The Bee over 20 years ago and returned to cover the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.