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Kings opt for 'basketball-a-holic' in hiring Musselman

Eric Musselman's defensive credentials, passion and preparation impressed the Sacramento owners, and that's why he's Ron Artest's next coach, writes Marc Stein.

Updated: June 5, 2006, 3:26 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

You heard Joe and Gavin Maloof say it repeatedly when they traded for Ron Artest back in January.

They're gamblers.

Not this time, though. Not when making the first coaching hire of the Maloof administration.

The Maloofs flirted with a bigger risk than Artest to replace the coach they inherited in 1999.

They strongly considered an unprecedented dice-roll by asking John Whisenant of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs take over the Sacramento Kings.

But they ...

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