Michael Malone (basketball)

Michael Malone

Malone in 2009 as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born 1971 (age 4445)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Career information
High school Worcester Academy
(Worcester, Massachusetts)
College Loyola (Maryland) (1990–1994)
Coaching career 1994–present
Career history
As coach:
1994–1995 Oakland (assistant)
1995–1998 Providence (assistant)
1999–2001 Manhattan (assistant)
20012005 New York Knicks (assistant)
20052010 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2010–2011 New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20112013 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
20132014 Sacramento Kings
2015–present Denver Nuggets

Michael Malone (born 1971) is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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.[1] He graduated from Worcester Academy in 1990. He then graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 1994 with a degree in history and played four years on the Loyola Greyhounds men's basketball team.[1] He appeared in 107 games and started 39 of them as a point guard.[2] During his four seasons with the Greyhounds, Malone totaled 370 points, 279 assists and 79 steals in 18.5 minutes per game.

Coaching career

After graduating from Loyola, Malone began his coaching career in 1994 at Oakland University as an assistant coach for Golden Grizzlies men's basketball under coach Greg Kampe.[3] Malone was about to start training to join the Michigan State Police before getting a job offer from Providence College coach Pete Gillen.[4] 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.[3]

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.[5] Malone later served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 20052010. 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.[6] 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.[6]

The Golden State Warriors hired Malone in the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach under Mark Jackson.[4] 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.[7] 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.[6] Malone was reportedly the highest-paid NBA assistant coach in the 2011–12 season.[4] 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.[8] On December 15, 2014, he was fired by the Kings after starting the 2014–15 season with an 11–13 win/loss record.[9] On June 15, 2015, he was named the new head coach of the Denver Nuggets.[10]

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 %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
Sacramento 2013–14 822854.3414th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Sacramento 2014–15 241113.458(fired)
Denver 2015–16 823349.4024th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
Career 18872116.383


  1. 1 2 Men's Basketball Asst. Coach
  2. "Mike Malone '94 Named Sacramento Kings' Head Coach". loyolagreyhounds.com. Loyola Greyhounds. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Michael Malone Joins Bobby Gonzalez at Manhattan College". Virginia Cavaliers. March 23, 1999. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  4. 1 2 3 Tafur, Vittorio (April 16, 2012). "Warriors' top assistant likely on way out, up". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  5. "Michael Malone". NBA. Archived from the original on November 4, 2003.
  6. 1 2 3 "Michael Malone". NBA. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/GSW/
  9. Kings Relieve Michael Malone of Head Coaching Duties
  10. "Nuggets name Michael Malone new head coach". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
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