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Kings notes: Assistant coach Brendan Malone resigns

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 - 7:51 am

It wasn't the kind of father-son talk Kings coach Michael Malone expected when his father, lead assistant coach Brendan Malone, told him he was resigning.

"It was a complete shock to me," Michael said. "I was in the office early (Tuesday), and he came in and he said, 'I'm leaving.' I said, 'Where are you going?' and he said, 'No. I'm leaving (for good)' "

The Kings announced Brendan Malone's resignation Wednesday afternoon. Assistant coach Chris Jent now will serve as lead assistant. Corliss Williamson and Micah Nori round out the coaching staff.

Michael Malone said the Kings would not fill the vacancy left by his father's departure this season.

When he was hired by the Kings in June, Michael Malone said his father would be his first hire for his staff. Brendan was to be the veteran voice on the staff for Michael, a rookie head coach. Brendan has 27 years of coaching experience.

"It was a surprise," Michael said of his father's decision. "It was something I think he was wrestling with for a little while. It was tough to handle and very emotional because it's not just a coach with an assistant coach. There's a father-son dynamic in there, but to his credit, I wouldn't be here without him. He helped me get started here."

Michael said there was no attempt to talk his father out of his decision.

"In his gut, in his heart and his mind, he didn't feel he had what it took to do the job the right way and get through the season," Michael said. "And he wasn't just going to collect a paycheck like some guys do in this league. If he couldn't give me his all, he didn't want to be a burden to be on the staff."

Pink power – The Kings recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their "Pink in the Paint" night.

Kings players wore pink shoes or pink shoelaces, while coaches and staff wore pink ties.

Owners Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov and team president Chris Granger honored Kings fan Barbara Rust and staffers from the local cancer awareness group Albie Aware.

Rust, better known to many fans as The Sign Lady, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this month.

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