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John Stevens brings a softer voice and small changes to Kings' head-coaching job

John Stevens brings a softer voice and small changes to Kings' head-coaching job

The Kings needed a different voice behind their bench after five-plus seasons of Darryl Sutter’s gruff and relentless demands and they got one in soft-spoken John Stevens, who was introduced at a news conference Monday as the 27th coach in club history.

Stevens ends many of his sentences with his voice rising, as if he’s asking a question instead of making a statement. Sutter issued orders. Players said after Sutter was fired they respected him until the end — which came in the form of the team’s second non-playoff finish in three seasons — but it was clear they were no longer motivated by him and were ready for a change.

Stevens, 50, a native of the Atlantic...

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