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Report: Howard wanted Brian Shaw or Michael Malone to replace Van Gundy


From Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann:

Multiple sources close to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann that prior to the season, Howard indicated that he preferred the Magic would have hired Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw or Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone to replace current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Shaw is a former NBA guard who was an assistant coach with the Lakers for 7 years, and hence has more experience with Tex Winter’s legendary triple-post offense than all but a few coaches out there. Shaw is currently an assistant coach with the Pacers. Michael Malone, the son of Brendan Malone, is one of the best-respected assistant coaches in the league, and has been an assistant coach with the Cavaliers and Hornets. He is currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Samples, Howard’s manager and cousin, had this to say when asked about the coaching situation:

 “Dwight has nothing to do with the coach situation,” according to Kevin Samples, Howard’s manager.  When asked why a coaching change wasn’t made after the Magic were bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season, Samples said, “That’s a great question.  You’ll have to ask Otis (Smith).”

It certainly doesn’t seem like Dwight’s management team has a vested interest in Van Gundy keeping his job. We will, of course, continue to keep you updated on this soap opera as updates keep coming in.

Mike Malone to become head assistant in Golden State, not Los Angeles

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The Warriors’ hiring of Mark Jackson now makes slightly more sense. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Cavaliers and Hornets defensive coordinator Michael Malone will be Mark Jackson’s lead assistant in Golden State. Mike Brown, who Malone coached under before, wanted Malone on his staff, but the Warriors’ new ownership would not be denied in their pursuit of Malone.

Like I said, this move makes a lot of sense for the Warriors. Golden State desperately needs a coach who can get them to play some defense, and Malone has been an assistant coach on a top defensive team for the past several seasons. Last year, he took the Hornets’ defense, which was below-average in the 09-10 season, and turned it into the 8th-best defense in the league. I still have some reservations about Golden State handing their head coaching job over to somebody with no coaching experience whatsoever, but the Malone hire does give them some of what they desperately need on their sidelines — experience and a knowledge of how an NBA defense is supposed to work.