Pete D’Alessandro Rumors
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.”
“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.”
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.
The Denver Nuggets have named Pete D’Alessandro their Senior Vice President of Business and Team Operations, President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today. In a related move, Kroenke has promoted Greg Sherman to Senior Vice President of Business and Team Operations for the Colorado Avalanche.