HoopsHype Mike Malone rumors

January 16, 2015 Updates

Don’t cry too many tears for ousted Kings coach Mike Malone, who was fired by Sacramento a month ago. “The Kings probably did him a favor,” one general manager told Sporting News. “They let him go with his reputation intact. He was doing a good job there, and his resume is going to show it. If he stayed on in a situation where he had problems with the owner or whoever, things might have gone South on him, but this way, he is going to be a pretty good commodity.” Sporting News

Indeed, league sources indicate that Malone will remain a top-notch candidate for a head coaching job. His one problem might be strictly one of numbers—around the league, the consensus is that this will be a light year for coaching changes. Sporting News

January 15, 2015 Updates

Former Sacramento coach Mike Malone was at practice today and will travel with the team on the rest of this trip. He coached Williams at Cleveland, knows Martin and he walked out of practice today chatting with Thaddeus Young. Saunders said he's done that before with other coaches who have been fired because "the first three days you get 120 calls. Everyone tells you how great you are and two weeks later, no one talks to you." Saunders said he invited Malone to come down and travel with the team and he accepted. "It's good to have him and it's something hopefully that will help him, too," Saunders said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 16, 2014 Updates

There are a lot of issues roiling around the Kings’ shocking decision to fire Mike Malone, but the bottom line is this: The Kings brass, including Vivek Ranadivé, the team’s post-Maloof owner, has never been super-comfortable with Malone, and management appears to hold unreasonable expectations for the current roster, per several league sources familiar with the matter. Grantland

December 15, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento has fired coach Mike Malone, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Tyrone Corbin will take over as the interim coach, likely for the term of the regular season. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that general manager Pete D'Alessandro will pursue ex-Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, but a high-ranking Kings source insisted Sunday night that it is unlikely a full-time replacement will be hired during the regular season. Yahoo! Sports

Owner Vivek Ranadive has wanted the Kings to play a faster style of basketball, and D'Alessandro – who has worked with Don Nelson in Golden State and Karl in Denver – has sought a similar style. Ranadive has been a hands-on owner and expected the Kings to compete for the playoffs this season. After a 9-6 start, Cousins had been lost for nine games with viral meningitis but his absence couldn't save Malone. Yahoo! Sports

Another possible long-term candidate for the Kings: ex-Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Del Negro led the Bulls and Clippers to the playoffs, and has experience in coaching young stars Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin that could be beneficial in continuing the development of Cousins. Yahoo! Sports

The impactful Kings' hiring of former Warriors legend Chris Mullin as an "advisor to the chairman" in Sept. 2013 only added to the conflicting nature of their internal dynamic, as he was a longtime friend and colleague of D'Alessandro's who has a significant voice in all personnel matters. Mullin, like D'Alessandro, favors a coach with a more sophisticated offensive style and was widely known to be critical of the way the offense was run. USA Today Sports

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