Sacramento Kings hire Mike Malone as new head coach
Ranadive, a former minority owner of the Warriors, has reportedly been eyeing Warriors assistant Mike Malone as a head coaching candidate for some time and now it's official after the team signed him to a four year deal. This commitment to a first-time head coach is meant to give a sense of stability to an organization that desperately needs it and it is a vote of confidence in Malone's ability to lead.
Malone was supposedly also on the Clipper's radar, but last night the new Kings owners ended any speculation that Malone would rejoin his former player, Chris Paul, in Los Angeles.
Malone is a long-time assistant with experience with the Knicks, Cavs, and Warriors. He is known as a defensive coach who has, in recent years, grown offensively as well and allegedly was part of designing the Warriors dynamic offense. As the Warriors top assistant, he is credited for providing much of the "X's and O's" while Mark Jackson focused on leading and inspiring the team.
Mike is a basketball lifer and his father, Brendan Malone, was also a coach. Brendan was a part of the coaching staff of the Pistons teams in the 1980's that won back-to-back championships and has made various other stops around the NBA as an assistant, a head coach, and a consultant.
Normally, teams like to hire a GM and then a coach, but Ranadive's infatuation with Malone apparently led him to scoop up the assistant before anyone else could.
Malone is also said to be fiery and tough, a combination that could either help get the Kings unstable star, DeMarcus Cousins, to channel his emotion or could cause the two to clash. Many are speculating that this hire means that Cousins may be on the way out, but the Sacramento Bee reported today that the club has "no intention of trading DeMarcus Cousins.