The Sacramento Kings hired Corliss Williamson to be one of their assistant coaches.
This was confirmed in the Kings’ official website in a featured article sub-headlined “One of the most respected players in franchise history to join Michael Malone’s staff.” He will join a staff composed of head coach Michael Malone and assisted by Brendan Malone, Dee Brown, Chris Jent, and Micah Nori.
Williamson himself confirmed this in an interview with the KHTK Sports 1140 Morning Show, per CBS Sacramento.
“I’ve always said that if there’s one place I’d live beside Arkansas (his home state), it would be Sacramento. It reminds me a lot of Arkansas. How much the fans support the team and appreciate hard work.”
He also expressed similar sentiments in a statement from Central Arkansas, where he coached from 2010-13, finishing at 26-62 overall.
“I honestly couldn’t see myself leaving for any situation other than an opportunity to go back to Sacramento. It’s a place where I cut my teeth as a rookie in the NBA, spent over half of my career there. It’s an area that reminds me a lot of Arkansas, with the people, the fans they have there. It’s just a great opportunity that I have now to return there and be able to coach at the highest level.”
The 39-year-old Williamson won an NCAA championship with the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994 and earned Most Oustanding Player of the Tournament Honors. He was drafted by Sacramento 13th overall in the 1995 NBA Draft.
He played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Kings, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors, averaging 11.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
While with the Pistons, he won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2002 and won a championship ring in 2004. He now joins former Kings Shareef-Abdur Rahim and Bobby Jackson in the team’s front office. Another former Sacramento player, Mitch Richmond, serves as minority owner.