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Report: New Kings owner eyes Mike Malone as coach

May 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Golden State’s Mike Malone has been in the group with Brian Shaw and Mike Budenholzer the past few years — top assistant coaches that get interviews but have yet to land in the big chair.

That could be about to change for Malone — it’s a good thing when the owner wants you.

And the new owner of the Kings wants him, reports Ric Bucher of on Sulia.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob used what he learned as a Celtics’ minority partner to shape his new team. Vivek Ranadive, former Warriors minority owner and now presumptive Kings primary owner, apparently is doing the same, beginning with putting Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone on his list of candidates to be the Kings’ next head coach, a source said.

Malone also is said to be in the mix for the Los Angeles Clippers job, according to Why? Because Chris Paul likes him, of course. Malone was the lead assistant for Monty Williams in New Orleans Chris Paul’s last year there and he really liked playing for him.

But it will come down to owners, which may give the Kings an advantage. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is personally involved in the coaching search for his team (he hired Vinny Del Negro after being charmed by him even though management wanted someone else). He realizes the Clippers are on the verge of contention and while maybe the untested Malone can get them there he seems to be thinking veteran coach (think Nate McMillan).

In the Kings case, the owner knows and apparently likes Malone. The Kings have some potential — if you can get the best out of DeMarcus Cousins nightly — but that is a project where Malone can learn some on the job because the team is rebuilding still. Don’t be shocked if other names like Brian Shaw come into the mix in Sacramento as Ranadive tries to replicate the kind of turnaround in Sacramento that Lacob had with Golden State.

  1. brianspider - May 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    As a Kings fan, I would be very pleased with a Malone hiring. But the source is Ric Bucher. This guy is a complete hack who has lost any credibility he ever had in journalism. Tough to put faith in anything he throws out there.

  2. trippymane - May 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Could have been Phil Jackson if they were in seattle….

    • harper2 - May 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      But that ship has sailed, move on.

  3. saint1997 - May 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    The Kings need to make some important drafts and trades this upcoming season. Draft a leader and floor general and trade some of those pieces doing nothing for the team. Keep Tyreke, and get Cousins to pick up his game

  4. biggame28 - May 25, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    saint1997 yeah good luck getting anyine for the kings garbage. if you’re not trading Cousins or Tyreke (maybe 2pat) no one will be interested. Kings need a REAL point guard.

  5. caliscooter - May 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Just happy that we are actually having basketball conversations about the Kings… This is not gonna get fixed overnight. At this point, just happy to have an ownership group that has the financial strength to compete with the rest of the NBA.

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