Kings hire Hall of Famer Alex English

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have hired NBA Hall of Famer Alex English as an assistant coach.

Coach Keith Smart said in a statement announcing the hiring Friday that having a former elite player on the staff will be especially good for the current players.

English comes to the Kings after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach and director of player development with the Toronto Raptors.

The eight-time All-Star is the NBA's 13th all-time leading scorer with 25,613 points. A second-round selection by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1976, he also played for Indiana, Denver and Dallas. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997.