Sixers coaching candidate: Mike Malone

Sixers coaching candidate: Mike Malone

May 6, 2013, 9:30 am
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Note: Over the next couple of weeks we will break down the pool of candidates to become the Sixers' new head coach.

Mike Malone

College: Loyola (Md.)

Team: Golden State Warriors

Previous teams: Cleveland, New Orleans, Providence College

Résumé: Son of long-time NBA coach Brendan Malone. The younger Malone is the NBA’s top-paid assistant and has been the No. 1 assistant under Mike Brown, Monty Williams and Mark Jackson. Defense is the Malone hallmark. Brendan Malone was known as the authority on how to shut down Michael Jordan while coaching with Chuck Daly in Detroit. At Golden State, Mike Malone helped come up with the schemes that led the Warriors to a first-round series victory over Denver in the 2012-13 playoffs.

Potential fit with Sixers

John Finger: Comes from a basketball family, so there isn’t much that could happen with the Sixers that Malone wouldn’t be able to solve. Malone has a defensive background. Defense, like pitching in baseball, solves a lot of problems. Nevertheless, Malone would be an intriguing choice to coach the Sixers. Though he’s an NBA insider, he’s a bit obscure in Philadelphia. That’s a good thing.

John Gonzalez: As an assistant under Jackson in Golden State, he helped turn around a previously moribund franchise. Of course, having Steph Curry had more to do with the resurgence than any other factor. Malone is billed as a defense-first coach, but the Warriors gave up just over 100 points per game during the regular season -- almost four points more than the Sixers. Hard to imagine the fan base (what’s left of it) getting excited about him.

Dei Lynam: I have been told by a number of people around the NBA that the Sixers are looking for a new head coach that can grow along with the young core of the roster they currently have. That sentiment would suggest two things: As an organization they will move on from the Andrew Bynum disaster and begin the rebuilding process that that trade gone bad has caused. It would also suggest that they are willing to take a chance on a young assistant coach who, in their estimation, is ready to run his own team. Malone would fit that bill.