Sacramento Kings Reach Agreement with Warriors Assistant Michael Malone

Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone has agreed to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

BANG has confirmed early reports that Malone agreed to a four-year year contract with the Kings, now owned by former Warriors minority owner Vivek Ranadive.

“I think just like all our coaches, he had a huge impact on this team,” said rookie forward Draymond Green. “One thing we had was a great balance of everybody bringing something to the table. I think coach Malone is a great X’s and O’s guy and also connects with players. He will have great success as a head coach and we wish him the best of luck.”
Malone had been a viable head coaching candidate for the last three offseasons. The son of long-time coach Brendan Malone, he  was hired as an assistant shortly after Golden State hired Mark Jackson in June 2011.
In his two seasons as Jackson’s top assistant, he developed a reputation as the strategist on the Warriors’ bench.
He will replace Keith Smart, another former Warriors assistant who led the Kings for two seasons. The new ownership group told Smart he would not be retained, according to USA Today.

Warriors All-Star David Lee Undergoes Surgery

David Lee underwent successful surgery this morning to address a torn right hip flexor, the Warriors announced.  The  procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. Lee is expected to begin rehabilitation in the next 10-14 days.

Lee sustained the injury in Game 1 of the first round playoff series against Denver. He missed the next four games before returning to action in Game 6. Lee turned out to be an inspiration, playing spot minutes the rest of the postseason.

He finished the 2013 Playoffs with averages of 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 10.9 minutes over six games.


Warriors’ Assistant Coach Michael Malone Headed to Sacramento?

It appears Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone, who has been in the running for head coaching jobs each of the last three offseasons, appears to be in line for the Sacramento job.

The NBA announced Tuesday the Board of Governors approved the sale of the Kings to the group lead by Vivek Ranadive, minority owner of the Warriors. But the new ownership group has already been scouting new people to lead its franchise, so GM Geoff Petrie and head coach Keith Smart are expected to be out. Malone is reportedly a strong candidate to replace him, with one report calling him a “lock.”

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Warriors sources confirmed the reports that Malone is a serious candidate. One source said it wasn’t official but “it looks like it’s heading that direction.”

Current assistant coach Pete Myers is next in line to be the top assistant. But one of the sources said bringing in an outside coach to be Jackson’s No. 1 is not out of the question. Jackson will be the sole decider on his assistant coaches, one source said.




Dwight Howard is a Long Shot for Warriors, but Worth A Shot

It only makes sense the Warriors get mentioned in the third annual Dwight Howard saga. They had cameos in the first two and they were awful. Now, Golden State is a successful, attractive destination in the NBA. And even though he doesn’t need to these days, co-owner Joe Lacob still loves the pursuit of the big fish.

So the fact that reports surfaced about Howard being interested in the Warriors is expected, if not redundant.

But is this even possible? Sure. In the same way it was possible for the Warriors to win a title. Except there were a few MAJOR obstacles in the way, namely San Antonio, Memphis and Miami. Golden State’s acquisition of Howard too has major obstacles. The first one being it’s only late May so the likelihood is Howard has NO IDEA what he wants yet.

Here are some other obstacles:

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David Lee Named All-NBA; Stephen Curry is Not

All-Star forward David Lee was named third-team All-NBA, the league announced Thursday.

Lee is the first Warrior to make All-NBA since Latrell Sprewell was first-team in 1993-94. Back in February, Lee became the first Warriors’ All-Star since Sprewell in 1997.

Lee was the only player in the NBA to average at least 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. He’s the fifth Warrior to post those numbers in a single season. The other four: Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Jerry Lucas and Neil Johnston. Led led the NBA with 31 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, the most since Thurmond in 1971-72. Golden State was 25-6 in those games.

Despite a monster second-half of the season, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was not selected.

MARK JACKSON: “Happy for and proud of David Lee. It is well-deserved. As far as Steph, the great thing is that the world now knows, even if the voters don’t.”

Here are the selections:

First Team

Forward           LeBron James, Miami                       595

Forward           Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City         555

Center              Tim Duncan, San Antonio                392

Guard               Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers                 521

Guard               Chris Paul, L.A. Clipper                   537

Second Team

Forward          Carmelo Anthony, New York            397

Forward          Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers               132

Center             Marc Gasol, Memphis (38)                295

Guard              Tony Parker, San Antonio (16)         273

Guard              Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 306

Third Team

Forward          David Lee, Golden State                      79

Forward          Paul George, Indiana                          73

Center             Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers             203

Guard              Dwyane Wade, Miami                        145

Guard              James Harden, Houston                    253

Curry totaled 72 points, the most of any guard not selected (next was Ty Lawson with 8 votes). But Curry was well behind Wade, who had the fewest points of any guard selected.


Carl Landry on Returning to Warriors: “Everything Here is What You Want”

Stephen Curry, after being serenaded by about 6,000 fans at Oracle Arena for Wednesday’s rally, talked to the crowd about the future of the Warriors.

“We just need to get some people back,” Curry said, then he paused and turned to stare at forward Carl Landry.

Landry has one year left on his contract, paying him $4 million. But he has an option to skip the last year and become a free agent. Time is ticking on him to decide and he said he is feeling the pressure.

He called it the hardest decision of his career.

CARL LANDRY: “I mean, this is the best team I’ve ever played for on this level, especially as far as chemistry. And the scary thing is we’ve been together one year.”

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Final Warriors Grades: Not Straight As, but Pretty Good

I grade on expectations and I didn’t expect this: 47 wins despite all their injuries and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. With that in mind, here are my grades for the Warriors.

GM Bob Myers

Grade: A

Comment: The Warriors’ front office nailed the three draft picks. PG Jarrett Jack was perhaps the biggest steal of last offseason. And Carl Landry was a great signing, too. The four-year, $44 million extension for Stephen Curry looks like a bargain. After a rough start (Charlie Bell amnesty/Jeremy Lin release for DeAndre Jordan), Myers and his staff have put together a string of good moves.

Coach Mark Jackson

Grade: A

Comment: I as much as anyone has nitpicked at Jackson’s decisions/approaches. In print and in person. But in the end, he had three rookies in the rotation, a center in and out of the lineup and two defensive weaknesses in the starting lineup. And the Warriors won 47 games. Then, he went and outcoached George Karl before giving Gregg Popovich a good scare.

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