Mike Malone already bringing the energy as Kings head coach
Mike Malone has been one of the most well-respected assistant coaches for quite awhile, but he’s moving one seat over this year as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. According to an interview he did with the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin, it sounds like the new head coach will bring a much-needed energetic approach to the Kings.
Malone, the son of longtime NBA coach Brendan Malone and Mark Jackson’s top assistant last season with the Golden State Warriors, has taken a hands on approach since taking over as Sacramento’s head coach. Some of that has happened in the front office -- he was in place prior to the hiring of general manager Pete D’Alessandro -- but Malone’s also putting in work with the players he’s been hired to coach.
There aren’t a lot of coaches at the upper levels willing to sweat with their players which, in some situations, can lead to some communication issues and a lack of relating to one another. Malone’s team doesn’t sound like it’ll have that problem, though, which is obviously essential for a young and developing team.
The above excerpts are just a small piece of an overall interesting read, but the entire interview shows that Malone has the right attitude heading into his first NBA head coaching opportunity.