“Coaching in the NBA is an honor and a privilege, one I’ve never taken for granted. The valued relationships I’ve garnered over the last 17 months with the entire Kings ownership group, players, team personnel, and members of the press leave an indelible mark on me and my family. I want to thank Vivek Ranadive for the opportunity and wish the franchise good fortune moving forward. Though my time as Head Coach ended much sooner than anticipated, I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish during our time together. Anchored by a loyal and dedicated coaching staff, we worked hard to instill a culture of discipline, trust, and respect that progressed this team further than many expected in a short time. The development of our players, both on and off the court, has given me the most joy. Many of them have played the best basketball of their careers and I am happy to be a small part of that. Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t express gratitude for the passionate fans who support Kings basketball every night. They welcomed me like family and lived up to their well established reputation as the best fans in the NBA.”
Former Kings' head coach Michael Malone issued the following statement today regarding his termination.
Nate WashburnAs the dust has settled a little and more facts come to surface, it was pretty clear that this relationship had an expiration date. Two stubbern forces both wanted what they felt was best for the franchise and their ideas couldn't be more different. The Kings' management wanted a playing style that was more flashy and better suited for marketing to a greater audience, while Malone wanted a hard-nosed styled that was more suited for winning titles, but harder to market locally and abroad. Sorry Michael, this is a business and a team needs to sell tickets. Since only 8 franchises have won NBA titles since the Kings moved to Sacramento, the chances of reaching that elite mark is slim. Perhaps you should build a team that will be a winner and fun to watch, but may never get over the hump. its worked for the other 75% of the NBA franchises. And who knows, you might get lucky one year, but don't consider if you don't win it all. If that is the case, than 3/4 of the league are failures.3 days ago