Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is still bitter with his firing from the Sacramento Kings, according to the latest NBA rumors. In a recent interview, the ex-Kings mentor expressed his dislike for purple, the color of the franchise in Sacramento.
“I have not [worn purple since the firing]. And what I really love about that is I haven’t, it’s my wife’s favorite color, she hasn’t, and my daughters haven’t. It’s almost become taboo, forbidden in our household,” Malone shared in an ESPN podcast.
He added, “It’s really funny though. I had a bunch of purple ties and stuff, because you try to work in your home colors, but I think I donated them to the national suit drive last year.”
Malone might be joking a bit but he’s serious in feeling bitter about the circumstances of his firing from Sacramento.
Malone was hired June 2013 by the Kings but did not last long with the franchise. Malone was fired December 2014 after leading the team to a 11-13 record at the start of the 2014-2015. They also missed the postseason the previous year and had a losing record (28-54) but the mentor had a great relationship with franchise player DeMarcus Cousins.
The NBA rumors then were that Malone had run-ins with the management and owners that’s why he did not last long in Sacramento.
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With the Denver Nuggets in the 2015-2016 NBA Season, Malone led his team to a 33-49 losing record. However, the Nuggets are in rebuilding mode and they are expected to be more patient with Malone and the team as they try to find ways to return to playoff contention in the Western Conference.
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