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Brendan Malone

Brendan Malone
Brendan Malone in 2008.jpg
Malone in 2008 as Orlando Magic assistant coach
Personal information
Born (1942-04-21) April 21, 1942 (age 79)
New York City, New York
Career information
High schoolRice (Harlem, New York)
CollegeIona (1958-1962)
Coaching career1967-present
Career history
As coach:
1967-1970Power Memorial Academy (JV)
1970-1976Power Memorial Academy
1976-1977Fordham (assistant)
1977-1978Yale (assistant)
1978-1984Syracuse (assistant)
1984-1986Rhode Island
1986-1988New York Knicks (assistant)
1988-1995Detroit Pistons (assistant)
1995-1996Toronto Raptors
1996-2000New York Knicks (assistant)
2000-2003Indiana Pacers (assistant)
2003-2004New York Knicks (assistant)
2004-2005Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2005Cleveland Cavaliers
2007-2012Orlando Magic (assistant)
2014-2016Detroit Pistons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:

Brendan Thomas Malone (born April 21, 1942)[1] is an American basketball coach.

Early life

Malone grew up in Astoria, Queens in New York City and graduated from Rice High School.[2] Malone's father, also named Brendan, unloaded freight cars for the Railway Express Agency.[3] Malone then attended Iona College. He played only one game in 1960 for the Iona Gaels men's basketball team and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1962.[4][5]

Coaching career

After graduating from Iona, Malone then became a CYO basketball coach for the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Queens [6] then became junior varsity basketball coach at Power Memorial Academy in 1967.[2][7] Malone also enrolled at New York University and graduated with a master's degree in physical education in 1968.[8] From 1970 to 1976, Malone was varsity basketball coach at Power Memorial and led Power Memorial to two city championships. During his six-season stint, Malone earned three "Coach of the Year" honors.[2]

Malone later became an assistant coach at the collegiate level, at Fordham (1976-1977), Yale (1977-1978), and Syracuse (1978-1984 under Jim Boeheim) before becoming head coach at Rhode Island from 1984 to 1986.[2] Malone then got his first NBA coaching job as an assistant for the New York Knicks in 1986 and served two seasons in the staffs of head coaches Hubie Brown, Bob Hill, and Rick Pitino. In 1988, Malone joined the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach under Chuck Daly.[9] Malone stayed in Detroit until 1995 and also coached under Ron Rothstein in the 1992-93 season and Don Chaney from 1993 to 1995. Malone helped coach the Pistons to the 1989 and 1990 NBA championship titles.[9]

Malone was named as the first head coach (1995-96) of the Toronto Raptors, one of two 1995 NBA expansion teams in Canada. Malone was appointed the job by the Raptors' general manager of the time, Isiah Thomas. Malone was long considered the NBA's leading authority on defending Michael Jordan, particularly after orchestrating Detroit Piston defenses that kept Jordan's Bulls out of the NBA Finals for some time. Malone only lasted one season as head coach of the Raptors, going 21-61, but handed the championship Bulls one of their few losses that season. Following his time with the Raptors, Malone served as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and as a consultant with the Seattle SuperSonics. He was the interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2004-05.

On July 3, 2007, Malone was one of four assistants hired to serve under new Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.[10] On June 25, 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, under new head coach Mike Malone, his son, who himself was hired earlier that month.[11][12] However, on October 23, 2013, his resignation was announced, with the "rigors of coaching in the NBA" cited as the reason.[13] On May 30, 2014, Malone was one of three assistants hired to serve under new Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy.[14]

Head coaching record


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Rhode Island Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1984-1986)
1984-85 Rhode Island 8-20 2-16 10th
1985-86 Rhode Island 9-19 5-13 T-8th
Rhode Island: 17-39 7-29
Total: 17-39


Team Year G W L W-L% Finish PG PW PL PW-L% Result
Toronto 1995-96 82 21 61 .256 8th in Central -- -- -- -- Missed Playoffs
Cleveland 2004-05 18 8 10 .444 4th in Central -- -- -- -- Missed Playoffs
Career 100 29 71 .290 -- -- -- --


  1. ^ "Magic Name Assistant Coaches". Orlando Magic. July 3, 2007. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Knicks Media Guide 2003-04, p. 29
  3. ^ Lawrence, Mitch (July 11, 1995). "Malone's long journey to top". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Iona College men's basketball media guide, p. 122
  5. ^ "Brendan Malone". NBA. Archived from the original on April 9, 2005.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Moran, Malcolm (July 2, 1987). "Players; Knick who serves and waits". New York Times. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Brendan Malone." Marquis Who's Who Biographies. Accessed January 4, 2014 via LexisNexis.
  9. ^ a b "Brendan Malone" (PDF). Detroit Pistons 2014-15 Media Guide. Detroit Pistons. 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ Ewing, Malone, Clifford, Beyer hired as Magic coaches
  13. ^ "Assistant coach Brendan Malone leaves the Sacramento Kings". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ Detroit Pistons Add Four Members to Basketball Staff

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