Time for Extreme Make-Over NBA Edition: Starring the Sacramento Kings, as big changes come to the team mired in the cesspool of the Association, over the last several years. New majority owner Vivek Ranadive, is expected to be approved by the NBA Board Of Governors and the “Sacramento Bee” is reporting that the new man in charge, has made his first move, hiring former Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone, as the team’s new head coach. The pact is reportedly for four-years, with the first three guaranteed and a team option on the fourth year of the deal. Malone, replaces former Kings bench boss Keith Smart, informed earlier this week, that the franchise was not bringing him back for the final year of his contract.
The Kings have been a team stuck in purgatory over the last few years, as a result of the volatile relationship between the soon to be departing majority owners, the Maloof Brothers and the city of Sacramento. Dealings between the parties went from antagonistic, when it appeared the owners would try to move the team to Anaheim, to sheer elation when it appeared there was a deal for a new arena. That would fall apart however and rumors started floating that the team would soon be headed to Seattle. Ranadive wants to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
Malone spent two years on the Warriors bench, along side head coach Mark Jackson, he had earlier served as an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets and under Mike Brown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mike’s father Brendan Malone; is a well-regarded and well-traveled assistant, having helped Chuck Daly take the Detroit Pistons to their first NBA Title. Sacramento will be making a clean sweep, as the team is on the hunt for a replacement for longtime General Manager Geoff Petrie.