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Mike Malone to become head assistant in Golden State, not Los Angeles

Jun 7, 2011, 1:55 AM EDT

Michael Malone

The Warriors’ hiring of Mark Jackson now makes slightly more sense. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Cavaliers and Hornets defensive coordinator Michael Malone will be Mark Jackson’s lead assistant in Golden State. Mike Brown, who Malone coached under before, wanted Malone on his staff, but the Warriors’ new ownership would not be denied in their pursuit of Malone.

Like I said, this move makes a lot of sense for the Warriors. Golden State desperately needs a coach who can get them to play some defense, and Malone has been an assistant coach on a top defensive team for the past several seasons. Last year, he took the Hornets’ defense, which was below-average in the 09-10 season, and turned it into the 8th-best defense in the league. I still have some reservations about Golden State handing their head coaching job over to somebody with no coaching experience whatsoever, but the Malone hire does give them some of what they desperately need on their sidelines — experience and a knowledge of how an NBA defense is supposed to work.

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