Which grade does Kings coach Michael Malone deserve after his first season?

Leading Off: Did Kings’ coach Malone pass or fail?

Published: Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 - 9:31 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 - 6:52 am

This, that and the other thing:

• With no head-coaching experience entering his first season in Sacramento, Michael Malone had a reputation as a solid NBA assistant coach with a penchant for teaching tough defense.

In fact, the Kings this season finished 24th of 30 teams in points allowed with 103.4. They finished last in 2012-13 with 105.1. DeMarcus Cousins continued to improve, statistically, as he’s done throughout his career, and Malone did his best to adjust to many roster changes throughout the season.

But try as he might, it appeared Malone was not able to get the most out of his team on many nights.

His job is safe entering next season, and the Mendoza Line has been set at 28 wins. A repeat in 2014-15 would justly send him packing.

While the past five Kings coaches failed and were fired, how would you grade Malone’s first season?

• How great was it to see the Charlotte Bobcats give the Miami Heat a good game in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs? Two years ago, when the Heat won its first title in the LeBron James era, the Bobcats won only seven games. They won 21 games last season and 43 this season. Much of this season’s turnaround came with the addition of veteran center Al Jefferson, who motivates his teammates through encouragement and leadership. What a concept.

• Just wondering if Michael Phelps is getting back into competitive swimming because he misses eating five-egg omelets for breakfast, 1-pound pasta dishes at lunch and whole pizzas for dinner?

– Victor Contreras


Today’s poll

Which grade does Kings coach Michael Malone deserve after his first season ?

• A

• B

• C

• D

• F

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Weekend poll results

Who will win the NBA championship ?

• Chicago: 3%

• Houston: 5%

• Indiana: 8%

• Miami: 15%

• Oklahoma City: 24%

• San Antonio: 36%

• Other: 9%

Total votes: 152

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