Brendan Malone Rumors
Josh Robbins: Former Wizards (and Magic and Suns) center Marcin Gortat is here today working with center Daniel Gafford. Gortat is an example of player development at its best. He joined Orlando as a raw player but improved after working w/Brendan Malone & strength coach Joe Rogowski. pic.twitter.com/PYMZhNBIG7
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone and his top-2 assistants are all sons of former NBA head coaches with Ryan Saunders now on staff. – Michael Malone (Brendan Malone) – David Adelman (Rick Adelman) – Ryan Saunders (Flip Saunders)
Mike Vorkunov: Nuggets coach Mike Malone invokes the ’90s Knicks for his gameplan today. “I go back to my father with the New York Knicks and John Starks, man. ‘Make them feel you, make them feel you.’ and I felt we did that tonight.” Brendan Malone, Mike’s dad, was a Knicks assistant coach.
Michael Singer: Michael Malone says he got a text from his dad after a preseason game telling him to “chill out, man.” “He goes, ‘It’s preseason, you’re going crazy,’ and he’s right.” Malone also said one of his assts. reminded him not to let end of games mask how well starters are playing.
That summer in Pittsburgh, Brendan Malone, then a Syracuse assistant who would go on to be an NBA head coach, had to rush home after his wife was involved in a moped accident. He entrusted his pick to Konchalski, telling him to take Aubrey Sherrod, the stud guard out of Kansas. Instead after watching the games, he selected Jordan. “Who the f— is Mike Jordan?” Malone exploded, upon returning to camp to see his team. “By the end of the week they handed out five individual awards,’’ Williams says. “He got all five of them.’’
“It is true. I had Brendan Malone on my staff from the Detroit Pistons, and he said, ‘Michael plays head games with you all the time,’ and he said ‘you don’t want to mess with him in the series,” Karl said. “Say hello at the beginning of the series, shake his hand at the end of the series, but during the series don’t let him use anything to motivate himself to be a better player than the greatest player in NBA basketball.”
Former Pistons assistant coach Brendan Malone, the father of Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone, explained the rules in episode three. “On the wings, we are going to push him to the elbow, and we’re not going to let him drive to the baseline,” Malone told filmmakers. “No. 2, when he’s on top, we’re going to influence him to his left. When he got the ball in the low post, we were going to trap him from the top. That’s The Jordan Rules, and it was that simple.” What happened when Jordan got what he wanted? “That’s when Laimbeer and Mahorn would go up and knock him to the ground,” Malone said. Said Salley: “You have to stop him before he takes flight because you know he’s not human.”