The Sacramento Kings have made their search for a new head coach into something of a high stakes contest.

So far, here is the list of coaches who have either interviewed for the job, or were at least considered at some point: Corliss Williamson, David Blatt, Kevin McHale, Jay Larranaga, Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson, Jeff Hornacek, Elston Turner, Kenny Atkinson, Henry Bibby, Brian Shaw, Nate McMillan, Vinny Del Negro, Mike Woodson, and Sam Mitchell.

That's pretty ridiculous. Sure, it's a good practice to have a lengthy list of possible candidates in mind, but actually talking to that many people all at once seems a little hectic and disorganized.

Now, one of the best candidates in the pot is no longer considering the Kings' job.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, McHale, formerly the Rockets‘ head man, has removed himself from consideration for Sacramento's coaching vacancy.

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Previously, Stein had reported that McHale was one of the primary candidates with a good chance of earning the Kings' job. In less than two weeks, he's out of the running.

Compared to some of the other head coaching positions available out there, Sacramento is not considered to be an incredibly attractive destination. Given the mess with their ownership, Vlade Divac's volatile attitude as their general manager, and their recent history of head coaching firings (eight different coaches since 2006), it's a risky place to go.

Still, just making the playoffs will be seen as a huge accomplishment considering that they've been absent from the postseason for a decade now. With All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and hopefully Rajon Rondo coming back, it's certainly within reach.