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December 16, 2014 Updates

"In that (technology) world, it's constant: the next thing, the next thing, the next thing," D'Alessandro told USA TODAY Sports from inside his office. "Pro sports is really similar if you think about it. ... To me, it's a much more similar type of field. A tech attitude, if you will, I think will lead to success in a more expeditious way. "That drive becomes almost a cultural drive, as opposed to, 'Well this person is really driven, and that person is really driven.' It's, 'this organization is driven.' I do think that this (Malone decision) comes from the way (Ranadive) has run tech companies. I think we're very open. We've been a very open system. We always talk about how open systems beat closed systems, and that's a very tech term but it's very true. We seek input as an organization from a lot of people." USA Today Sports

For all the focus on the Kings' solid start to this season that was so much better than anything they'd had in these parts for quite some time, Kings officials were growing tired of what they describe as a near-constant pushback from Malone on the ideological front. USA Today Sports

From Malone's reluctance to endorse the offering of contract extensions for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to his preference that departed point guard Isaiah Thomas was re-signed in free agency to the pursuit of a new lead assistant coach during the summer, there were disagreements about personnel and style of play at every turn that brought them all to this tipping point. USA Today Sports

"I don't know if there was a point in time when you could say, 'Yeah this isn't (working),'" D'Alessandro said. "The respect always was there, but I just think we both knew that the vision for how to play wasn't the same. ... You start to see it evolve, and then you say, 'Let's just be honest about it then. Let's just be honest, and agree to disagree.' But then something has to happen. That's the league we're in." USA Today Sports

What's more, there are lessons to be learned here for Ranadive that shouldn't be forgotten: Call the coach yourself when you're firing him (Ranadive did not); speak to the media to help explain the decision when it is the talk of the town and you're typically so willing to engage with the press (he did not); and as a reminder, never, ever hire the head coach before putting together your front office. USA Today Sports

Five minutes into an interview set for 10 minutes, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was asked about his future with coach Michael Malone. Ranadive quickly glanced at one of his PR people. It was the look. "Last question," the PR guy jumped in. This was early-October, barely into the exhibition schedule, and evidence of a chasm between Malone and management was already growing. NBA.com

“Everybody knows my relationship with Malone,” Cousins told a swath of media members. “I learned a lot from him. I’m very thankful to be able to play for coach Malone. But at the end of the day, you know, this is a business and everything doesn’t always work out the way we want it to. I wish nothing but the best for coach. I hate it had to end this way, but he has my respect. He’s a great coach.” Cowbell Kingdom

“This is more of a surprise, unexpected,” Cousins said of losing Malone. “It’s kinda hard. I think it’s a lot more emotional on the team this year, because so many guys believe in Malone and his system and this is so unexpected.” “You could see it on the guys’ faces,” Cousins added. “You could feel it in the locker room. We got to find a way to get past this and grow. Stay together, stay strong and keep moving forward. ” Cowbell Kingdom

December 15, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that Michael Malone has been relieved of his head coaching duties, according to General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Kings assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will assume head coaching responsibilities. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of the franchise moving forward,” said D’Alessandro. “Michael made significant contributions to the organization on many levels and helped foster cultural changes that positively impacted our team. We’re thankful for the commitment he exhibited during his time in Sacramento and wish him and his family the very best in the future.” In 106 games at the helm, Malone compiled a 39-67 record since taking over as head coach prior the 2013-14 campaign. The Kings enter play Tuesday with an 11-13 mark on the season (fourth in Pacific Division standings). NBA.com

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