What a great week for former Orlando Magic assistant coaches.
First, Steve Clifford received a well-deserved opportunity when the Charlotte Bobcats hired him as their new head coach.
Now comes word that Michael Malone will be the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Malone never coached for the Magic, but his father, Brendan Malone, worked as Stan Van Gundy's lead assistant coach throughout Van Gundy's tenure and made a big impact during his time with the Magic.
Like Clifford, Michael Malone has paid his dues. He's a top-flight X's-and-O's man; he played integral roles as an assistant coach on the LeBron James' era Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chris Paul-era New Orleans Hornets and, for the last two seasons, the Golden State Warriors.
Malone was interviewed for the Magic's head-coaching job last summer.
Now, he's going to get his chance to coach his own team. He'd be well-served to hire his dad as one of his assistant coaches. There are few, if any, assistant-coaching candidates out there who have a better knowledge of the NBA than Brendan Malone.
In Jan. 2012, I wrote a piece about the Malone family. Click on this sentence to read it.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at email@example.com and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.