Mike Malone was named head coach of the Denver Nuggets, who missed the National Basketball Association playoffs the past two years after 10 straight visits to the postseason.
“Michael’s experiences throughout his basketball career have helped shape him into a coach and person that we believe can help take our organization to a special place,” Nuggets President Josh Kroenke said in a statement on the team’s website Monday. Contract terms weren’t disclosed.
Malone is the 16th head coach of the Nuggets. He succeeds Melvin Hunt, who took interim charge of the team in March after Brian Shaw was fired. Malone went 39-67 over parts of two seasons at the Sacramento Kings before being fired Dec. 14 after the team started the regular season 11-13.
The Nuggets have the seventh overall pick in the June 25 NBA draft after finishing fourth in the five-team Western Conference Northwest Division with a 30-52 record.
Malone was an assistant at the Golden State Warriors when he was hired by Sacramento on June 4, 2013. Malone, a native of Queens, New York, has also been an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, and New York Knicks.