SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Reggie Theus was fired as coach of the Sacramento Kings yesterday after a 6-18 start to his second season with the club.

Assistant coach Kenny Natt took over the Kings at their shoot-around before last night's game against Minnesota, spokesman Troy Hanson said. Natt is Sacramento's fourth coach in less than three years.

Assistant coach Chuck Person was fired along with Theus, who went 44-62 in his brief tenure.

Entering last night, the Kings had lost 10 of 11 to fall into last place in the Pacific Division, with only a win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the last 31/2 weeks. Sacramento's 24-point home loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday night - the ninth loss in 10 games at Arco Arena - was Theus' final game.

Theus is the sixth coach fired in the NBA this season, following P.J. Carlesimo (Oklahoma City), Eddie Jordan (Washington), Sam Mitchell (Toronto), Randy Wittman (Minnesota), and the 76ers' Maurice Cheeks, who was dismissed Saturday.