HoopsHype Michael Malone rumors

March 9, 2014 Updates
February 27, 2014 Updates

“He lost his composure, that’s all I saw, and then he got thrown out of the game. It’s disappointing. But to be honest, I’m more disappointed about how we played,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “Do I condone his actions? No, not at all. Does he have to handle himself better? Sure he does. We just need to get him to understand that we don’t need him to get kicked out of the ball game.” Cousins will be suspended for one game if when) he picks up his next technical foul, whioch would be his 16th. He then would be subject to a suspension for his 18th, 20th, 22nd, etc. SheridanHoops

February 26, 2014 Updates

Are the Sacramento Kings planning to sign free agent forward Royce White? According to head coach Michael Malone, adding White to the roster is not a transaction that’s anywhere close to completion. “It’s obviously this time of year with buyouts and free agents and all that,” Malone said after practice on Tuesday. “I think a lot of the rumors will start about potential signings here and there. But as far as Royce White goes and the Sacramento Kings, there’s nothing imminent at all in regards to that.” Cowbell Kingdom

February 23, 2014 Updates

Michael Malone has not spoken veteran guard Jason Terry #SacramentoKings "I haven't spoken to Jason at all," Malone said before tonight's game against the Boston Celtics. "Pete D'Alessandro had a lot of conversations with his representation and obviously, he's back in Dallas, gonna try and rehab and get healthy and then we'll see where that takes us into next season." Also, Kings veteran Reggie Evans will be in uniform tonight. Since the trade, he's only gotten one shootaround under his belt so whether he even plays tonight remains up in question. "He is available for me to put in," Malone said. "How much he plays tonight will kind of be a game feel." Sulia

February 19, 2014 Updates

Thomas and rookie guard Ben McLemore were the subject of a trade rumor on Monday, but coach Michael Malone and general manager Pete D’Alessandro refuted the reports following practice on Tuesday afternoon. “The report that was, I think on Yahoo!, about our offer to Boston was so erroneous and I don’t know where it came from,” Malone told reporters on Tuesday. “We dispel the rumors that are out there that we know are not true, but at the same time, this is a business and you have no idea what can happen up until trade deadline. I think all of our players realize that.” Cowbell Kingdom

D'Alessandro took exception to the report and chose to make a statement publicly, rather than have it come out through an unnamed source. "I think a lot of people act in ways in this league that I choose not to do," D'Alessandro said. "So, I'm standing here today and I'm saying Ben McLemore is a guy that we have not put in deals. He's a guy that we love here. "So, sources? I think I'm a source. We haven't put Ben in anything," he continued. "We look at Ben as a major part of what we're doing long-term." news10.net

February 18, 2014 Updates

Michael Malone: "Contrary to the Sacramento Bee, there's no philosophical differences here. Pete D'Alessandro and myself communicate everyday. Right now is very quiet on the trade front but anything can happen obviously in this business. But I love the group that we have. I really do." news10.net

February 17, 2014 Updates

What about the philosophical differences between your coach and your front office? Look, I know people talk about that my coach is always focusing on defense, while guys like Mullie (Chris Mullin, adviser) and Petey (D’Alessandro, general manager) are offense-oriented. And that we have offensive players. It’s no secret the game has become an offensive game, with three-point shots, layups, the rule changes. We all see it. So we have to reconcile that. And I think it’s good. If I had everyone who agreed, why would I want them? Sacramento Bee

What about your personnel moves? Greivis Vasquez didn’t work out, but you were able to shed several contracts in the trade for Rudy Gay. And re-signing DeMarcus Cousins to an extension was another major commitment. Those are two major talents. Are you getting a return on the investment? I’m very pleased with those decisions. When I bought the team, everybody told me the first thing you should do is get rid of DeMarcus, including the previous management. But I just kept an open mind, and I interacted with the young man. And what I saw was a young man who wanted to win and had experienced nothing but chaos during his time with the Kings. Throughout the season he has proven that he wants to win, and he is maturing. I can’t fault him because he wants to win so much. Sacramento Bee

February 13, 2014 Updates

Here's Malone told the media in New York last night when asked about Jimmer Fredette's 24-point performance of the Kings' bench last night: “I give him credit, this hasn’t been an easy season for Jimmer and I realize that. At times his playing time has been a little inconsistent. But one thing I’ve been telling him lately, and I sent him a text the other night, is that I still believe in him. I need him to come in and play with confidence and be aggressive. He changed the game tonight. It was about to be a 25-point game and his ability to come in that first half and get us back into it was huge. The first six minutes of the quarter, we outscored them 17-4. So, great defense and Jimmer carried the load offensively. We don’t win this game without Jimmer.” Sulia

February 11, 2014 Updates
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
January 8, 2014 Updates

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

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