Michael Malone Rumors
Coach Michael Malone went to the Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic pairing at the end of last season. What were your thoughts on it and do you think we could see it again next year? Wilson Chandler: “When they put Nurkic and Jokic in, just from a feel of it on the outside looking in, I felt like down the line maybe this year and going forward that’s a great possibility, that’s a great lineup. I think it’s a good strength for our team though, If you have a bigger team you can play those guys, but if you’re getting killed you can go smaller with Gallo at the four, throw me at the four, we can try and catch up that type of way but I think that’s a great strength we have. We can mix it up a lot.”
Zach Lowe: What are the chances from zero to a hundred that Kenneth Faried is the starting power forward on opening night? Michael Malone: [laughs] From zero to a hundred? There’s a good chance. Kenneth is a… [Lowe laughs] he has been here for a while. He’s a guy that I played him about 25 minutes a night last year, and unlike any other big man on our team he brings something to the table that none of the other guys can. He’s a tremendous athlete, he’s an elite offensive rebounder and he’s a guy you can throw the ball up to and play above the rim. (…) Kenneth is a guy that he’s proven over his NBA career to be a double-double machine, and when he’s playing at a high level, he’s one of the most dominant power forwards in the NBA.”
Michael Malone: “We were a young team last year and we got a little bit younger through the draft which we’re excited about. It’s tough to win big in the NBA when you’re this young, but we feel we have a lot of good young players and assets. And you balance that with guys like (Danilo Gallinari) and (Kenneth) Faried, Darrell Arthur. People forget but we consider Wilson Chandler a free agent signing (since he missed all of last season). This is a long-term play. This is an opportunity to show improvement, for our players to get better and we have a chance to be here for a while.”
Michael Malone on not wearing purple since the Kings fired him: “I have not. What I really love about that is it’s my wife’s favorite color and she hasn’t (worn it) and my daughters haven’t. It’s almost become a taboo forbidden in our household.”
Miami Heat free agent Dwyane Wade is meeting with the Denver Nuggets’ hierarchy on Wednesday in New York, league sources told The Vertical. Wade has traveled to New York for meetings that will include Denver president Josh Kroenke, general manager Tim Connelly and coach Michael Malone, league sources said.
In an interview with Sports 1140 KHTK, a CBS Sacramento radio station, Cousins was asked what the Kings’ result would have been this year if Michael Malone weren’t ever fired in the early portion of the 2014-15 season. “We would have been a playoff team,” Cousins said without hesitation. “The thing about that is, it was one goal in my mind at the end of the day: winning games. And the way that team was structured, the way the foundation was set for that team, that collective group, I believe it was done the right way. Of course, it didn’t show on paper, but we were taking the right steps. It’s never gonna happen overnight.”