Michael Malone Rumors

“Great memories,” Michael Malone said about the player-coach bond. “Isaiah and I remain close. Love him as a person and as a player. A guy I did not want to lose while I was in (Sacramento), in our second season. He’s got a chip on his shoulder. Last pick in the draft, he has that keep on doubting me attitude. He loves being in the gym, he’s a guy you love being around, and that’s why I think he’s worthy of an All-Star reserve spot this year, which I hope he gets. He’s worked very hard, you look at his numbers and he’s a guy who deserves to be on that team.”
Malone’s father, Brendan, continues to be a Pistons assistant. Assistant coaches rotate scouting reports for opposing teams. It just so happened Brendan’s turn came around to put together the report on the Nuggets. Because the two have been on opposite benches many times before, Michael Malone brushed off any sentimentality to Saturday night’s game. “For both of us, it’s so old hat now,” he said. “It’s always good to see him, but when that jump ball goes up, I’m trying to win, he’s trying to win. And all of the other stuff goes out the window. But obviously, I wouldn’t be in this situation without everything my father has done for me.”
“He comes out and gets 28, five boards, 19 free throw attempts, making 17 — and the loose ball, some of the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “And he’s been doing that every game now. He is to me, if we keep on winning and he keeps on playing at that level, he’s a guy that you should talk about making an all-star team. If he can continue to play at such a high level. He puts the time in, and the biggest thing is he’ll get there if we continue to win.”