HoopsHype Michael Malone rumors


March 3, 2015 Updates

Some early names circulating on the front-office grapevine include Michael Malone, who was fired earlier this season in Sacramento. Malone was the lead assistant under Monty Williams in New Orleans when Connelly was there. Bryan Gates, a highly regarded assistant in New Orleans, would be an interesting candidate in the Dave Joerger mold -- having won a D-League championship and four coach-of-the-year awards in the minors before paying his dues as an NBA assistant. CBSSports.com

February 14, 2015 Updates

Karl will be Cousins’ fifth head coach in his five NBA seasons, and the third this season. Michael Malone was fired Dec. 14 and replaced by Tyrone Corbin, who will move into an adviser role. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a coach for longer than a year and half, maybe,” Cousins said. “It feels good to know I’ll have one for the long haul, at least for now. That’s a good feeling in itself.” Modesto Bee

February 12, 2015 Updates
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A report earlier today paints a less than favorable picture of former Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone during his tenure with the team. According to the piece: “Ranadive, a source says, told Cousins he had to do it because Malone didn’t get along with GM Pete D’Alessandro and had been insubordinate by missing a meeting.” Whether Vivek Ranadivé told DeMarcus Cousins that this was the reason Malone was relieved of his duties or not, is unknown. NBA sources confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom that the incidents mentioned in the report are factually incorrect. And according to multiple sources, the insinuation that Malone was ever insubordinate during his time with the Kings is laughable. Cowbell Kingdom

February 9, 2015 Updates

Cousins finished with a game-high 28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. It was Sacramento's first win in four games and third in its last 15. The Kings have received backlash for their abrupt firing of coach Michael Malone and hiring of Ty Corbin on an interim basis. That tag has since been removed. "Nah I ain't pumped up. I just got a lot on my mind," Cousins told reporters. "And the crazy thing about it ... I just got a question for y'all. How are you gonna stop God's plan? How are you gonna do that? How are you gonna do that? That's what I want to know. How are you gonna stop God's plan? Man, this city done put me through so much, and I stayed loyal to it the whole time. Hey, I just wanna know how you gonna stop God's plan? God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. The marathon continues. I'm out." Sports Illustrated

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December 29, 2014 Updates

Lately, the Kings have been surrendering season highs regularly. Talk of a faster tempo on offense has picked up since Michael Malone was fired as coach two weeks ago. And it looks as if Sacramento’s focus on defense was relieved of its duties, too. In the six games since Malone’s firing, five Kings opponents shot at least 47 percent, with the woeful Los Angeles Lakers the exception at 38 percent. All six teams scored at least 100 points. Last week, the Kings allowed their season highs in points (twice), assists, field goals and field-goal percentage. Over that stretch, the Kings didn’t have much trouble scoring, averaging 109.3 points. But they gave up 114.2 points per game in that span, a big reason they went 2-4. Sacramento Bee

December 27, 2014 Updates

Sean Cunningham: VIDEO: Isaiah Thomas on return to Sac, firing of Michael Malone & looking to have season's best game vs #NBAKings news10.net/videos/sports/… Twitter @News10Sean

December 22, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: What do you think about what's going on in Sac right now? Isaiah Thomas: I mean, it caught everybody by surprise. I'm real close with Mike Malone. We talk all the time, every few weeks. It's tough. It's a tough situation. I didn't think it was going to happen. You can ask all the players there, it probably caught them off guard. 'Cause everybody fell in love with Mike Malone. He really changed the culture over there, and from the start they were having over there, it looked like things were changing for the better. But, I mean, you know how the NBA is. It's a business, and it seemed like they were butting heads a little bit, and they made their decision. NBA.com

December 21, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings shocked many in the NBA world when they abruptly fired head coach Mike Malone last week. Malone is respected in league circles and most rival scouts, coaches and executives believe he had been doing a good job coaching the team. He was also popular in the Kings’ locker room, particularly with star DeMarcus Cousins. NBCSports.com

December 18, 2014 Updates
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“There is a never a good time to fire someone,” Ranadive explained later in the privacy of his office. “It’s a terrible thing. First of all, I want to say for the record that Michael Malone is a good man, an honorable man. He did a good job for us, and I believe that he was absolutely the right choice given the context of when we got him. I was handed the keys to the kingdom. This place was literally and figuratively falling apart. The roof was falling down. We hadn’t sold a single ticket. There was chaos in the locker room and the draft was weeks away. What we needed was order, structure, discipline, stability, a strong culture, and defense. And the experts in the league said he would bring all those things.” Sacramento Bee

The Kings’ basketball think tankers – Pete D’Alessandro, Chris Mullin, Mike Bratz – began lobbying Ranadive for a coaching change several weeks ago. According to the owner, D’Alessandro and Mullin flew to Las Vegas eight days ago, where he was attending a software conference, and persuaded him to change coaches, partly to change the culture but mainly to start scrapping the old offense. The push was on to replace the isolation plays and sluggish tempo with a faster pace, ball and body movement, quicker decisions, smaller lineups, and in essence, a more creative, free-flowing system. Sacramento Bee

“The NBA has increasingly become like the high-tech business,” said Ranadive. “Just because you invent the iPhone doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels, because someone is building a better phone. Just because you win 50 games doesn’t mean the status quo is OK, or that you don’t try to get Ray Allen. Good enough just isn’t. You have to get better. So, we felt it was time for us to pivot, to (play) defense and offense. And we think we can make the playoffs.” This year? Again, the boss didn’t duck and run. He laid it on the table. “Absolutely, with DeMarcus (Cousins) coming back,” he said, “we have a chance to make the playoffs.” Sacramento Bee

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