Kings coaching staff knows Mavs well

DALLAS -- The Sacramento Kings' coaching staff could have a significant advantage tonight. Two recent Mavs assistants will be sitting on the visitors' bench.

The Kings (17-65 in 2008-09) are off to a somewhat surprising 5-5 start under new head coach Paul Westphal, who served as the Mavs' executive director of basketball operations last season. He took assistant coach Mario Elie with him when he moved from Dallas to Sacramento.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged that the Kings' staff could have an edge because of their familarity with Dallas' schemes and personnel. However, Carlisle pointed out that there aren't many secrets in today's NBA anyway.