Mike Malone Rumors
You left one weird situation in Sacramento for another one in Denver — a team that canceled shootarounds because too many players liked to party. Did you do some due diligence, and have any second thoughts about what you were getting into? Mike Malone: Obviously, you ask questions. But it’s kinda like when I went to Sacramento. I heard all this stuff about DeMarcus Cousins. I went in there with a clean slate, and didn’t hold anything against him. I’m doing the same thing in Denver. Whatever happened before I got there was not on my watch. This is a change for me to come and change that culture.
Have you talked to Ty Lawson since his recent arrest on suspicion of DUI? Mike Malone: Yeah. I’ve reached out, but there hasn’t been a lot of contact. He has a lot going on right now. We’re gonna see how this whole process shakes out.
Were you ever actually approached about playing 4-on-5? Mike Malone: [Laughs.] It came up. I was approached. I’m a defensive guy, and I know you can’t defend well if you only have four guys out there.
Mike Malone: But we had a team that bought in. That believed in me. And you saw, once I got fired, that team went into a tailspin. I felt awful for Ty Corbin. It was a lose-lose for him. But it just got out of control, and it validated the job that my staff and I did.