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Warriors assistant Mike Malone a ‘lock’ to coach Kings?

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Charles Barkley’s mortal enemy Peter Vescey of the New York Post is reporting Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone is about to become the new head coach of the Sacramento Not-the-Sonics:

The one thing that might be more of a lock is Malone getting a head-coaching gig somewhere this offseason. He’s considered one of the top assistants in the NBA right now and his name has come up for the Clippers’ coaching vacancy, as well as other openings last year.

Malone has been the top lieutenant under Mark Jackson on the Warriors bench these last two years. Malone was brought on board to be a chief of staff of sorts for Jackson, who before being hired had as much coaching experience as Amanda Bynes.

Jackson has had some questionable coaching tactics and strategies in his tenure. It’s unclear how much of an influence Malone had on those decisions. But if we start to see the Kings draw up last-second plays with lots of iso and very little off-ball screens and movement, then we’ll have our answer.

Malone, who’s been an NBA assistant since 2005, definitely would have his work cut out for him in Sacto. But it’s a brighter situation than it was, with an enthusiastic new ownership group taking over from the wretched Maloofs. It’s a team with a young core but also one that has failed to reach its promise in recent years. The Kings, amid all the speculation of a potential Seattle move, finished 17 games out of a playoff spot this season and haven’t won more than 28 games in the last five seasons.

So best of luck to Malone with all that. And we can’t wait to find out when DeMarcus Cousins will hate him.

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