Cavaliers Name Michael Malone and Melvin Hunt Assistant Coaches

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CLEVELAND, September 13 - The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that Michael Malone and Melvin Hunt have been named by Head Coach Mike Brown as assistant coaches. Malone and Hunt will join Hank Egan and Kenny Natt on Brown’s bench.

Malone comes to Cleveland having spent the last four seasons with the New York Knicks. He was an assistant coach for the Knicks for the past two seasons after spending two seasons as the Knicks’ coaching associate. During the past three summers, he coached the Knicks’ summer league teams and for the past two summers was one of six NBA coaches to participate in the NBA Pre-Draft camp in Chicago.

Malone spent seven seasons as a college coach at Manhattan College, The University of Virginia and Oakland (MI) University. He graduated from Loyola College (MD) in 1994 with a BA degree. Malone is the son of veteran NBA coach and former Cavaliers’ Head Coach Brendan Malone.

“Mike has been around the game all his life and has learned from some of the game’s best coaches. His attention to detail and tireless work ethic will benefit our staff greatly,” said Brown.

Hunt spent last season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers following five seasons with the Houston Rockets. He was an assistant coach with the Rockets under Rudy Tomjanovich for two seasons from 2001-2003 and then served as the Rockets’ College and International Scout during the 2003-04 season. He originally joined the Rockets basketball staff as a video coordinator/scout and spent two seasons in that role.

Prior to working in the NBA, Hunt coached at both the collegiate and high school levels. He graduated from Baylor in 1991 and was a three-year starter for the Bears before playing professional basketball in the Caribbean and Mexico.

“Melvin has a great feel for the game and knows how to get the best out of players,” Brown said. “His positive energy and extensive basketball knowledge will be a great asset for us.”