New Nuggets head coach Mike Malone: Changes to the roster are coming

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Michael Malone was hired as head coach of the Nuggets on Monday, and was confident and a bit bold when speaking to the media in Denver at his introductory press conference on Tuesday.

Malone wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t married to one particular style of play, before making it known that he expects changes to be made to the roster this summer.

From Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post:

“I have coached 106 games as a head coach. Don’t paint me, and don’t put me in a hole by saying this is who you are. I played to the strength of our roster, and we were efficient.” …

Malone talked about wanting players that hated to lose and that would be committed to conditioning themselves to be able to defend and run the way he expects for 48 minutes. He also said he didn’t expect the roster now to be the one that opens the season.

“The roster we have today will not be the roster we have in training camp,” was Malone’s exact quote on the matter, and it’s easy to see that as a message to both Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, each of whom has displayed maturity issues in the recent past.

There’s the possibility that one or both could be traded, but their value is relatively low at this point. If they are indeed as disgruntled as has been previously reported, however, it might be worth it for the health of the organization to send them out of town, in order to create a clean slate to give Malone a fresh place to start.