Kings' new focus on defense might exclude 'Nellie'

Updated: May 10, 2006, 7:53 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Sacramento Kings co-owner Joe Maloof has not ruled out Don Nelson as a candidate to replace the deposed Rick Adelman, but Maloof stopped well short of describing Nelson as the favorite to take over as Kings.

In a phone interview Wednesday with ESPN.com, Maloof confirmed that Nelson's reputation for free-wheeling offense -- as opposed to the defensive mindset Joe and brother Gavin Maloof crave -- gives the Kings some hesitation.

"We love Nellie," Maloof said. "But we do feel like defense ...

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