Michael Malone Rumors
With summer league mini-camp set to begin on Monday morning, the Nuggets have finalized their coaching staff under new head coach Michael Malone, according to a source. It is a staff of five new faces, loaded with highly regarded basketball minds. Ed Pinckney comes to the Nuggets after serving under Tom Thibodeau for five years with the Chicago Bulls. Pinckney, best known for his role on the 1985 Villanova basketball team that upset Georgetown to win the national title, will be the lead assistant. The 52-year-old Pinckney has 12 years of coaching experience, including eight in the NBA with Minnesota and Chicago. Next is Chris Fleming, an up-and-coming basketball mind who is currently coach of the German national team. He also coached the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the German League from 2008-14. While he was there, his team was four-time German Cup champions, four-time German League champions, three-time German Supercup champions, and he was German League coach of the year in 2011.
Add Michael Malone’s home in Granite Bay to this year’s free agent crop. The new Denver Nuggets head coach on Tuesday listed the Northern California property for sale at $1.3 million.
The Denver Nuggets have also been increasingly mentioned as a likely trade suitor for Cousins since the hiring of former Kings coach and Cousins favorite Mike Malone as their new coach. But Denver wouldn’t appear to have the sort of trade assets to rival Boston’s cache of future first-round picks, which tend to become especially handy when trying to assemble multi-team trades.
Jason Jones: DeMarcus Cousins on Michael Malone hiring in Denver: “I was extremely happy. I think he’s one of the better coaches in the league. He’s a great man. I learned a lot from him, and I’m just happy he’s getting an opportunity to do what he loves. Like I said, you can’t keep a good man down.”
“Pete and I have always respected each other, have always gotten along,” Malone said. “It was just that sometimes, the environment that we were working in was not conducive to a healthy relationship.”
In an interview with The Denver Post, Malone said there were a lot of misconceptions, and that the two are on good terms. “You would be surprised how many messages I got when they hired Pete here, paraphrasing: ‘Ah, coach that sucks. I really hoped you were going to get the Denver job, but that’s not going to happen now,’” Malone said. “People don’t realize, Pete and I never had any problems.”
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Chris Dempsey: Malone: “I know what they want. They made it clear from Day 1 that they want to play fast.”
In his introductory remarks, the former Sacramento Kings coach said he will emphasis defense but wants the Nuggets to run and take advantage of playing at altitude. “Don’t paint me, I play to the strength of our roster, I believe in playing fast, but more important is being efficient,” Malone said. “We we will use altitude to our advantage. To not use altitude to our advantage would be silly. “We will be a team that defends and rebounds with purpose and runs with purpose.”
Malone expects changes to the roster this summer. “The roster we have today is probably not the roster we have in training camp,” he said. Malone said when he meets with his players he wants to find out how committed they are to winning. “My question to all these guys is how serious are you about winning? Do you hate to lose? If we have that, the sky’s the limit.”
The Nuggets have elected to reunite new executive Pete D’Alessandro (late of the Kings) with Michael Malone (late of the Kings). There had been credible reports D’Alessandro (until last week the Kings’ GM) and Malone (until December the Kings’ coach) had a bad relationship and didn’t speak for months. But reports also suggested that Vivek Ranadive — not Pete D. — made the call to can Malone. (It was a bad call.) These are both true. So why are the Nuggets hiring Malone? To me, that says that D’Alessandro is absolutely not calling the basketball shots here. The Nuggets insisted he worked for franchisee Josh Kroenke advising on both pro franchises he runs.
“I’m excited to be reunited with Michael. I’ve known him for years and our relationship predates our time in New Orleans,” stated General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly. “He knows the game as well as anybody and I have always admired his work ethic and character.”
“After a long and thorough search, we are excited to announce Michael Malone as the next head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Michael’s experiences throughout his basketball career have helped shape him into a coach and person that we believe can help take our organization to a special place in the future. I want to personally thank Melvin Hunt and his family who have been the ultimate professionals throughout this entire process,” said President and Governor Josh Kroenke.
The Denver Nuggets announced today that they have hired Michael Malone as their new head coach. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not announced.
Michael Malone has reached agreement on a four-year deal to become coach of the Denver Nuggets, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The fourth year of the deal is a team option, sources said.: 1 more rumor
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Adrian Wojnarowski: The Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement to hire Michael Malone as coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 1 more rumor
Ranadive forced D’Alessandro to fire coach Michael Malone in December, but D’Alessandro’s arrival in Denver will have no negative impact on Malone’s candidacy to become Nuggets head coach, sources said. Connelly and Malone have a longstanding relationship and respect for each other, and D’Alessandro wouldn’t be working closely with the head coach. Malone is one of several candidates still being considered for the job, including interim coach Melvin Hunt.
Interim coach Melvin Hunt remains a strong candidate for the Denver job, along with Michael Malone and Mike D’Antoni, league sources said.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say former Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone has secured a second interview with the Denver Nuggets for their coaching vacancy
His first gaffe, he said, was hiring coach Michael Malone before assembling a front office and selecting a general manager. “Absolutely,” Ranadive said. “People told me not to do that. But I knew Malone from when he was an assistant with the Warriors, and again, with the draft only weeks away, I had to make very quick decisions. I didn’t know any GMs. At some level, this isn’t rocket science. You hire a guy who is proven and successful, you hire a promising assistant, or you hire a college coach. We saw what happens when … ”
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