HoopsHype Michael Malone rumors

February 10, 2014 Updates

He is singled out for Golden State's offensive struggles. Many believe the Warriors are suffering from the loss of assistant coach Michael Malone. But the Warriors' struggles are inherently figured into the roster. The offense's propensity to go into a funk is a function of the players' strengths and weaknesses. San Jose Mercury-News

January 29, 2014 Updates

McLemore found out the news from his agent, who told him earlier today that he wasn’t selected to play in the game. He then received calls from Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone, who offered words of encouragement to the rookie guard. “I talked to Ben today just to let him know that life is (full of) challenges and how you react to them,” Malone said pregame. ”So he didn’t make it, I know he’s disappointed, but there’s a lot of current All-Star players – Rajon Rondo, Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge – who didn’t make the team as a rookie, but went on to be All-Stars.” Cowbell Kingdom

January 19, 2014 Updates
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Michael Malone on moving Ben McLemore to the bench: "This is not a demotion" "Well, the biggest thing with that was, and this is really important for everyone to understand, this is not a demotion for Ben McLemore. This is not us losing confidence or faith in him. He's been struggling and I wanted to put him in a position where maybe he could have more success coming in off the bench. Just relax like he did earlier in the year, come in the game, get a feel for the game on the bench, play against second line guys as opposed to starting two-guards every night and maybe he'll have an opportunity to have a little bit more success. You know Marcus (Thornton), he's our starting two guard right now. We need him to look to be a facilitator at times because the reality of it is we have three volume shooters and scorers in our starting lineup, so we need Jason (Thompson) and Marcus to be facilitators and ball movers at times. But we still believe in Ben McLemore 100 percent and we expect him to do great things for us off the bench for the foreseeable future. " Sulia

December 10, 2013 Updates
December 9, 2013 Updates

#SacKings coach Michael Malone's thoughts on Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray: "The first thing is it’s always tough when you make a trade involving seven players. It’s never easy. I thank Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson for everything they’ve done for me as a first-time head coach. I really appreciated the leadership of Greivis, John and Chuck. They are pros and I thanked them all last night. But in Rudy Gay, you get a 6’10, versatile scorer. And I know everybody’s hung up on his 38 percent this year, but if you look at his numbers throughout his career, he’s shot well over 45 percent a number of seasons. So I’m not as concerned as a lot of these analytic people get concerned about (Rudy). He’s a very talented player. End of games, he can make plays for you. He’s versatile. He can score in the post, handling the ball, catch-and-shoot, isolation, so he’s talented and we’ve become a much more talented team with him. Sulia

December 8, 2013 Updates

It was just a rumor of course. Jimmer is still wearing Kings’ purple and black. But without a guaranteed deal for next season, the former BYU star knows that his tenure in Sacramento could come to an end at anytime. “In the NBA, there’s going to be rumors all the time,” head coach Michael Malone said before the Kings took on the Lakers on Friday night. “This guy’s going here and (Friday), there’s a report that Jimmer’s getting traded to Toronto. But all that is talk. It’s a distraction and it cannot take you away from keeping your eyes on the prize.” Cowbell Kingdom

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom Friday morning that there was no truth to the rumored deal with Toronto, but in many instances, the damage is already done. Players are people and hearing your name pop up in trade rumors is uncomfortable at best. “I think Pete D’Alessandro does a great job,” Malone added. “If something is going on, Pete is a great communicator and he’ll make sure that he’s talking to the parties that may need talking to.” Cowbell Kingdom

December 5, 2013 Updates

Thomas is the Kings’ second-leading scorer at 17.6 points while shooting 45 percent. Thomas is averaging 4.5 assists, second on the the team in 27.5 minutes. “I’ve thought about that at times during the season. If you looked at just from the preseason alone, no disrespect to anybody, but Isaiah had played the best of anybody at the point guard position. But what I felt was best for the team at that time was to continue to bring him off the bench, allow Greivis to start and let (Thomas) to be that spark plug off the bench. And he’s shown that he can do that and do that at a high level,” Malone said. Sacramento Bee

December 3, 2013 Updates

How much input do you have on who plays and who doesn’t? Is it Michael Malone’s show to run or do you say, ‘lets give this guy a look to see what we have here’? Pete D'Alessandro: Michael makes the call on the floor and always will. I have an incredible amount of respect for his decision-making. The thing I really think is unique to us, I think is the respect we pay each other. We speak multiple times a day. We sit right next to each other all day long. I seek his council for player decisions and he seeks mine as well. It’s been that type of a partnership. At the end of the day – at 7 o’clock, this is his show right now and that’s it. Cowbell Kingdom

November 30, 2013 Updates

SacKings' thoughts on Derrick Williams debut: Michael Malone: "I thought he was terrific. Right away, I said that he's a guy that brings great athleticism and versatility. We had great plays and transitions, we got out and ran. We had some plays at the rim and he was a big part of that. He's only going to get better as he gets his feet set and gets more comfortable." Sulia

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