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Malone to meet with Warriors' owner

Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:06 pm

MIAMI -- Hornets assistant Michael Malone will meet with Warriors owner Joe Lacob about the team's vacant head coaching position and also will interview for a position on Mike Brown's staff with the Lakers, a person with knowledge of the searches told Thursday.

The meetings will take place in the next three or four days, the person said.

Malone, who worked for Brown in Cleveland, is high on the former Cavs coach's list of candidates to join his staff in L.A. But Lacob, who is narrowing the field in his search for Keith Smart's replacement, indicated that he wanted to meet with Malone in person before Malone made a decision on joining the Lakers' staff. Barring a head coaching offer, Malone's interview for the position on Brown's staff would be little more than a formality, as Brown is comfortable working with him and is said to want him on the staff.

ABC/ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer are the only candidates known to have met with Lacob, who is putting his stamp on the team's coaching search. It is not clear whether Budenholzer wants to leave San Antonio.

Though the Raptors are in the early stages of their search for Jay Triano's replacement, Malone could garner some interest for that position as well. Raptors president Bryan Colangelo is looking for an experienced coach -- not necessarily with head coaching experience -- who can teach defense. Malone is Monty Williams' lead assistant in New Orleans, and he coached both sides of the ball under Brown in Cleveland. 

Former Nets coach Lawrence Frank and Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey also are expected to become candidates in Toronto, where a significant reorganization is planned for after July 1 with Colangelo seeking a high-level basketball man to fill the position vacated when Masai Ujiri left for the Nuggets, sources said. 

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:52 pm

Malone to meet with Warriors' owner

I'm rooting for Lawrence Frank to get the job because he has had experience as a head coach. But Brian Shaw, Dwane Casey, Michael Malone and Mike Budenholzer are also good candidates. I have not read much about Mark Jackson's experience in coaching. From what I have found thus far he hasn't worked as an assistant under any coach after he quit playing in the NBA. Simply put, the guy is a desk jockey who has no real experience in coaching a team. But these days....what's more important is if "one can talk a great game" and ace the interview....who cares if they have no clue on what to do in day to day duties.

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