Brendan Malone Rumors
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.”
Harrison Wind: Former Nuggets assistant coach Tim Grgurich named 2018 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award winner. This year’s nominees included Ron Adams, Jim Boylan, Hank Egan, Jim Eyen, Dick Helm, Brian Hill, Jim Lynam, Brendan Malone, Bob McAdoo, Brendan Suhr, and Bob Weiss.
Detroit Pistons Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy announced today promotions and restructuring within the basketball operations staff. Pat Garrity has been promoted to assistant general manager, Andrew Loomis to chief of staff and Bob Beyer to associate head coach. Otis Smith joins the Pistons’ staff as director of player development/assistant coach while assistant coach Brendan Malone will transition to a special assignment scout, residing in New York. Quentin Richardson is leaving the organization for personal reasons.
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.”