Report: Nuggets hire Michael Malone as coach

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Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé has Vlade Divac and confusion.

The Nuggets have Sacramento’s discards – former general manager Pete D’Alessandro and former coach Michael Malone.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

I think Denver came out ahead.

Malone did a good job building Sacramento’s defense, but he neither put it in place quickly nor build a foundation that stood once the Kings (ridiculously) fired him. Considering where they came from, I don’t blame Malone for either. Malone had the Kings defending well for a decent stretch. That’s a victory in my eyes.

He isn’t a perfect fit with Denver’s roster, but it’s malleable – and Malone might be, too. We’ve seen him coach for only a little more than one season.

Malone would be well-served to embrace the Nuggets’ home-court advantage and try to run. The Warriors have proven you can do that while still defending.

There will likely be an adjustment period for both sides, but this a nice, solid hire.