Kings Hire Brendan Malone as Assistant Coach
SACRAMENTO ---- The Sacramento Kings today named Brendan Malone as an assistant coach, according to General Manager Pete D'Alessandro. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"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 become only the second father and son duo to hold the title of NBA head coach, joining Bill and Eric Musselman (Bill with Minnesota and Cleveland, Eric for Golden State and Sacramento). They are reunited on the same coaching staff for the second time after serving as assistants for the New York Knicks in 2003-04.
With 27 years of NBA experience, Malone worked under Hall of Famer Chuck Daly and the two-time NBA Champion Detroit Pistons (1989 and 1990), orchestrating sets to thwart Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. He spent seven seasons (1988-89 – 1994-95) with the Pistons before becoming the first-ever head coach of the expansion Toronto Raptors.
He joins the Kings after five seasons with the Orlando Magic under Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. During his tenure at Orlando, the Magic notched four straight seasons of 50 or more wins, three consecutive Southeast Division titles (2007-08 – 2009-10), and a 2009 NBA Finals appearance.
Before joining the Magic, Malone spent the 2004-05 season with Cleveland, where he served as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach for the final 18 games of that season.
His coaching career includes three stints with the Knicks as an assistant coach (1986-87 – 1987-88), (1997-98 – 1999-00), and 2003-04. In between his second and third stays in New York, he served as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers for three seasons (2000-01 – 2002-03). In 1996, Malone worked as a consultant for the Seattle Supersonics during their run to the 1996 NBA Finals.
Malone began his coaching career at New York's legendary Power Memorial Academy in 1968. He was enshrined into the New York City Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and inducted into the Basketball Old Timers of America Hall of Fame in 1997, which recognizes individuals who made outstanding contributions and achievements to New York City basketball.
Malone also worked as an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Fordham, Yale and Syracuse, before becoming the head coach at the University of Rhode Island in 1984.