March 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors vice chairman Vivek Ranadive (left) and daughter Anjali Ranadive (right) watch during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings Looking At Golden State Warriors Mike Malone To Be Head Coach?

I know, I know, the report comes from none other than everybody’s FAVORITE NBA scribe, Ric Bucher. But, given Bucher does have connections within the Warriors, it could be something to keep an eye on.

According to Ric, new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has put Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone on his short list to replace Keith Smart, who is not expected to be retained.

…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 is a highly respected coach throughout the league, spending time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans before his stop in Golden State.

Best known for his ability to transform defenses, Malone has taken bottom dwelling team defenses and flipped their pages, ranking them in the upper echelon of the league.

Golden State Warriors advisor Jerry West has been a driving force behind Malone getting an NBA head coaching job, which has put Malone atop the wishlist of a handful of teams currently void of a coach, like the Philadelphia 76ers.

If the report has merit, it would be a great addition assuming the Kings could bring him aboard – but they’re certainly going to have some competition.

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