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Kings' new focus on defense might exclude 'Nellie'

Updated: May 11, 2006, 3:52 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 makes Nelson sound more like a long shot than a favorite to take over as Kings coach.

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

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