Michael Malone (basketball)
Malone in 2009 as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers
|Born||1971 (age 45–46)
Queens, New York
|High school||Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, New Jersey)
Worcester Academy (Worcester, Massachusetts)
|College||Loyola (Maryland) (1989–1993)|
|1993–1994||Friends School of Baltimore (assistant)|
|2001–2005||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|2005–2010||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|2010–2011||New Orleans Hornets (assistant)|
|2011–2013||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
Early life and education
Born in the Astoria neighborhood of the New York City borough Queens, Michael Malone is the son of Brendan Malone, a former NBA head coach. After graduating from Seton Hall Preparatory School, Malone attended prep school at Worcester Academy in the 1988–89 school year. He then graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 1994 with a degree in history and played on the Loyola Greyhounds men's basketball team from 1989 to 1993. He appeared in 107 games and started 39 of them as a point guard. During his four seasons with the Greyhounds, Malone totaled 370 points, 279 assists and 79 steals in 18.5 minutes per game.
While completing his degree at Loyola, Malone was an assistant high school basketball coach at Friends School of Baltimore. After graduating from Loyola, Malone joined Oakland University as an assistant coach for Golden Grizzlies men's basketball under coach Greg Kampe. Malone was about to start training to join the Michigan State Police before getting a job offer from Providence College coach Pete Gillen. Malone was an assistant coach for Providence Friars men's basketball from 1995 to 1998. In the 1998–99 season, Malone was director of men's basketball administration at the University of Virginia.
He later moved up to the NBA in 2001 as a coaching associate with the New York Knicks who worked with players, coaching staff, personnel and the video coordinator and edited scouting reports. The Knicks promoted Malone to assistant coach in 2003. Malone later served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005–2010. With Cleveland, Malone helped coach the Cavaliers to five consecutive playoff appearances, including the 2007 NBA Finals, and a franchise-record, league-best 66-16 season in the 2008–09 season. Malone was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets in the 2010–11 season. Allowing a league-best 8.7 fewer points per game than last season, the Hornets had the most improved defense of the season with Malone as assistant and made the 2011 Playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors hired Malone in the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach under Mark Jackson. In the 2012–13 season, the Warriors improved from a 23-43 record to finish 47-35 and earn the team's first playoff berth since 2007. As the sixth seed in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, the Warriors upset the third-seed Denver Nuggets in the first round and lost to the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs in six games the next round. Malone was reportedly the highest-paid NBA assistant coach in the 2011–12 season. In 2012, Malone was named the best assistant coach in the NBA by NBA General Managers.
On June 3, 2013, Malone was hired by majority owner Vivek Ranadive as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. On December 15, 2014, he was fired by the Kings after starting the 2014–15 season with an 11–13 win/loss record. On June 15, 2015, he was named the new head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|Sacramento||2013–14||82||28||54||.341||4th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Denver||2015–16||82||33||49||.402||4th in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Denver||2016–17||82||40||42||.488||4th in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
- Men's Basketball Asst. Coach
- "Mike Malone '94 Named Sacramento Kings' Head Coach". loyolagreyhounds.com. Loyola Greyhounds. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- "Michael Malone Joins Bobby Gonzalez at Manhattan College". Virginia Cavaliers. March 23, 1999. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Tafur, Vittorio (April 16, 2012). "Warriors' top assistant likely on way out, up". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- "Michael Malone". NBA. Archived from the original on November 4, 2003.
- "Michael Malone". NBA. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- KINGS HIRE MICHAEL MALONE AS HEAD COACH
- Kings Relieve Michael Malone of Head Coaching Duties
- "Nuggets name Michael Malone new head coach". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.