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Nuggets sign coach Michael Malone to contract extension

Nuggets coach Michael Malone

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Head Coach Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets in action during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 08, 2019 in New York City. Brooklyn Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 105-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The Nuggets improved Michael Malone’s first season as coach. They improved again his second season. And third. And fourth. They’re on pace to improve in his fifth season, too.

Denver wants to continue that momentum.

Nuggets release:
The Denver Nuggets and Head Coach Michael Malone have agreed to a contract extension, Vice Chairman of KSE Josh Kroenke and President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.

“This season and team has been about continuity, with Coach Malone being the first piece of that,” stated Josh Kroenke. “We are thrilled to continue to have him lead this promising young roster and are excited about what the future holds. Coach Malone has been pivotal in this organization’s success and will continue to be so.”

“We have been very fortunate to have Coach Malone lead our resurgence. His tireless work ethic and passion are clearly reflected in the continued improvement of our roster,” said Tim Connelly. “We are all extremely excited for him to continue to lead our team as we try to build a championship level organization.”

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Malone signed an extension last year. This adds another two seasons.

Denver has a good young core with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. The Nuggets would be rising with any competent coach.

They have one in Malone. There’s no reason to disrupt the status quo. Malone has shown an ability to reach his players, even in hard times. His offense is creative around Jokic as primary playmaker, and his defense is coming around.

Last season was the first time Malone head-coached in the playoffs, and he showed growing pains. But he can learn on the job along with his players.