Kings notes: Malone plays down his ties to Warriors

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - 11:00 pm | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 - 7:58 am

OAKLAND – This wasn't going to be an emotional night for Michael Malone.

Much as when he coached his first preseason game at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors, Malone was all about business Saturday night before the Kings played the Warriors.

Malone spent the previous two seasons on coach Mark Jackson's staff before being hired by the Kings.

"It's another opportunity for us to try to get better and get a win," said Malone, who did not see a big advantage in having coached the Warriors.

"I know those guys a little bit, but they're well coached," Malone said. "Mark does a great job, he and his staff with that team. Knowing them a little bit, kind of knowing what they may try to do at times may kind of give you a little advantage, but … Steph Curry, Klay (Thompson), David Lee, and all of the other guys that they have, that's a very good team over there."

Jackson said on most nights there will be someone on the opposing bench with whom he has history. It's a reason why there was nothing extra put into facing Malone.

"Looking over at that side, I'm proud and happy – and you move on," Jackson said. "Certainly, (he's) a guy that played a key role in the success of this basketball team, and I have a great relationship with him. Extremely happy for him."

Don't expect help – Malone said he felt for his team in Friday's 110-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers as they tried to overcome a talented team, even when calls didn't go their way.

Malone liked the effort but wants the Kings to remain focused and not let calls force them into more mistakes.

"Who we are right now, we're not going to get any calls," Malone said. "For us to expect at home or on the road to get calls – we haven't earned that yet. As frustrating as it is, it has to be a 'just-us' mentality, not expecting anything from the referees."

Quick trip – Saturday's game was the second of a back-to-back and one of the more convenient ones for the Kings.

Rather than flying to another city, the Kings bussed to the Bay Area.

"I think our guys got some good rest (Friday) night," Malone said.

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