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Sacramento Kings Hire Brendan Malone As Assistant Coach

It might be the worst kept secret in Sacramento, but today the Kings officially hired Brendan Malone to be an assistant coach.

Malone will of course join his son, Michael Malone, the newly appointed head coach.

The elder Malone is most known for his time with the Detroit Pistons where he served as the right hand man to Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly during the Bad Boy era. Many have attributed those defenses to Malone, though a few like to point out some inconsistencies in the coaching staff and suggest Malone wasn’t technically the architect behind them. Either way, Malone is a respected NBA mind and a wonderful hire for the Kings organization.

In addition to serving as Daly’s muse, Malone has spent time with the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, and Seattle Supersonics as an assistant coach and was even named intern coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2004-2005 season along with serving as the Toronto Raptors head coach during their inaugural year.

Malone’s most recent stop was in Orlando serving as an assistant under then coach Stan Van Gundy.

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