After a report claiming growing dysfunction within the Golden State Warriors mentioned Michael Malone as part of those issues last season, the Kings first-year coach made two things clear.
First, he has nothing to do with any issues on Mark Jacksons coaching staff this season. Second, Malone said he does not have a bad relationship with Jackson.
The Yahoo Sports report Tuesday said Malone would go weeks without speaking to Jackson last season while serving as his lead assistant.
The report focused on Jacksons relationship with first-year assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, who was reassigned to a position with the Warriors NBA Development League team in Santa Cruz.
What goes on in Golden State right now is really none of my business, Malone said Wednesday. Whatever happened between coach Jackson and Scalabrine, thats on them. I will say this: I had two great years in Golden State. I consider myself a very small part of the success we had last year. As for one thing that has been reported, Mark Jackson and I still have a relationship.
In 2011, the Warriors outbid the Los Angeles Lakers and their new coach, Mike Brown, to bring in Malone as Jacksons top assistant. Jackson was making the transition from television analyst to first-time head coach, and Malone was seen as a key addition. Malone had worked with Brown in Cleveland.
Malone took exception to the notion he could go weeks without talking to Jackson. Malone also said he didnt want any reports to become a distraction.
We spoke as assistant coach and head coach, Malone said. He hired me to help him, and thats what I did there. I think the record that they have right now being 17 games over .500 speaks for itself, and Marks record as a head coach also speaks for itself. But thats between those guys down there. I have enough problems up here in Sacramento that I have to try to deal with.
Transactions The Kings are expected to sign center Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract today in time for him to go on their three-game trip.
Johnson played for Boston this season and Memphis last season and had stints in the D-League.
Meanwhile, forward Royce Whites second 10-day contract expired Wednesday. The Kings can sign him for the rest of the season or he will become a free agent.
The Kings entered their 10-day contracts with White with a long-term plan that if things worked out, they would sign him for the rest of the season and have him on their summer-league team.
Young duo With Isaiah Thomas (right quadriceps contusion) out, rookie Ray McCallum started at point guard against New York at Sleep Train Arena. He joined fellow rookie Ben McLemore in the backcourt.
The last time the Kings started two rookies at guard was April 8, 2012, when Thomas and Jimmer Fredette started against Houston.
Injury update Forward Quincy Acy (sprained right ankle) was active for the game. He missed the previous two games.