The Denver Nuggets have hired former Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is quite the interesting move after the Nuggets recently brought in former Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro to help in the front office. Malone was canned as Kings head coach earlier this year with D’Alessandro at the helm, so either D’Alessandro had little input in this decision in Denver, he had a change of heart or he truly wasn’t a proponent of firing Malone to begin with.
This is also an interesting choice because the Nuggets had reportedly wanted to play faster like they did under George Karl (who’s now in Sacramento), and Mike D’Antoni reportedly was a top candidate. Malone is known more for his defense, and one of the reasons he was supposedly fired by the Kings was because they wanted a coach who would play more uptempo.
At any rate, Malone is a good coach who clearly impressed Nuggets brass, and he likely was picked to help change a culture in Denver that got toxic. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any major personnel moves made, as there have been rumblings that Ty Lawson is on the block and he may not be the best fit with Malone.
Malone went 39-67 in one-plus seasons in Sacramento.