Sacramento Kings hire Mike Malone as head coach

Mike Malone - Kings

The options of getting a head coaching gig from the NBA Coaching Carousel is getting smaller and smaller each day.  On Monday there were 11 openings and now we are down to 7 by Friday.

The latest coaching employment happened Thursday when the Sacramento Kings hired the highest paid assistant coach at the time from Golden State WarriorsMike Malone.

Sacramento Kings logo - alternateAfter the dust has settled from the bidding war to claim ownership of the Kings’ franchise and whether to move it from Sacramento to Seattle, the new ownership group (led by software exec and founder of TIBCO, Vivek Ranadive) quickly snatched the man they thought was perfect for the job before he was enticed by other teams looking for a coach (the LA Clippers were reported showing a lot of interest).  It is reported that the contract is for 4-years/$9M with the fourth year as a team option.  The official announcement should be today when the escrow closes.

Malone was Vivek Ranadive’s top choice and they are familiar with each other.  Ranadive was a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors for the past three years before the recent purchase of the Kings.

Mike Malone is the son of former NBA coach Brendan Malone and has been an assistant in the NBA for over a decade, he made stops with the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets before the Warriors gig; he is known to help upgrade teams defensively.Mike Malone2





My Two-Cents:  I believe this is one of the best hires so far for what an NBA team needs compared to the characteristics of the coach that was hired.  The last time the Kings made it to the playoffs was in the 2005-06 season when Rick Adelman was the head coach; since Adelman’s firing, the organization ran through five coaches (Eric Masselman, Reggie Theus, Kenny Natt, Paul Westphal and Keith Smart) and none of them won more than 33 games and never seen the payoffs (the record is 187-371) in that 7-season span.

Now there’s a new ownership with a new coach that I believe will put a winning culture back to Sac-Town within Malone’s 3-4 year contract.  First obstacle he must work on ASAP is the work ethic and mentality of the promising but underachieving center DeMarcus Cousins.



6 thoughts on “Sacramento Kings hire Mike Malone as head coach

      • I love Cousins, he is from my favorite college Kentucky (not bandwagon, because I was a fan before John Calipari was there) but once he gets a big contract, he will be like Derrick Coleman.

      • I like Cousins also, but very disappointed because he has All-Star potential but have a high school attitude and work ethic. Sorry to say, but I have to label him a “coach killer”; hopefully Malone has what it takes to turn him around and change the culture of the team.

        I won’t hold it against you being a Kentucky fan. Lol! I’m a die hard Volunteer fan! Ok….shush! 🙂

  1. I hate to say it but I was reading a Sports Illustrated article and agreed with what the writer said. DeMarcus Cousins thinks he is a top five center in the league. He has the athleticism to be one, but he’s barely top ten. And Sacramento drafted him to be the face of the franchise along with Tyreke Evans. That idea isn’t working out. I think the Kings need to sign some quality role players in free agency and draft a point guard that can run the floor and score. I’m thinking Trey Burke or George’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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