SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS Sports 1140) — A new bloodline is blooming in the capitol city’s basketball organization as the new Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone has officially hired his father as one of his assistants. The good news for Kings fans is that this family has over sixty years of combined basketball coaching experience.
The team announced the addition of Brendan Malone to the coaching staff on Tuesday. Michael Malone had said when he was hired that he planned to hire his father.
“I’m excited to add a coach with the breadth of basketball knowledge my father provides,” said Kings Head Coach Michael Malone. “Aside from the benefits of having a trusted family member by my side, he’s a talented coach who brings more than 25 years of invaluable NBA experience to Sacramento.”
The Malones are the second father-son duo to hold the title of NBA head coach, joining Bill and Eric Musselman. The Malones also worked on the same staff as assistants for the New York Knicks in 2003-04.
Brendan Malone has 27 years of NBA experience, including a stint as an assistant to Chuck Daly on two championship teams in Detroit. Malone was also the first head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
So the “family” theme that fits so well in a community such as Sacramento continues it’s tradition in the land of the Kings. It’s all feeling much more comfortable now. Sacramento keeps the Kings, their favorite ambassador Bobby Jackson, Shareef Abdur-Rahim remains in the front office, and a new bloodline on the sidelines charged with creating a brighter future for Sacramento’s beloved franchise.
The best part? You don’t get the feeling that a commissioner intervention, reality show, or billion dollar burger are anywhere in the Kings’ future.
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