Friday, speculation grew that Whisenant already had been chosen, a claim the Maloofs would not confirm or deny. Asked by The Bee if a coach already had been chosen, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said, "I can't answer that."
Whisenant isn't among those who believe the job is his. The coach of the Maloofs' WNBA championship team said he was approaching the interview with the belief that it was not his yet.
"Until I know more definitely, I can't give you an answer," he said. "I know (the Maloofs') process, and I know that they think the world of me, and I'm still totally honored that they feel that way. (But) until the time is right with them, I just think it's not right for me to comment."