It looks like a familiar face is returning to Detroit to be one of Stan Van Gundy’s lead assistant head coaches.
According to Detroit Free Press beat writer Vince Ellis, former Chuck Daly assistant Brendan Malone is returning to Detroit to coach alongside Stan Van Gundy.
Ellis writes that the Pistons will make a formal announcement, once their new head coach assembles his full staff
The source requested anonymity because the organization is waiting for Van Gundy to complete the staff before an official announcement.
Malone was hired by Pistons head coach Chuck Daly in 1988 and was a major part of the organizations back to back championships. He stayed in Detroit until 1995 when he was named as the first coach of the Toronto Raptors.
It’s this type of hires that have Pistons fans excited that the organization is headed in the right direction.
Malone, who coached in Orlando through Stan Van Gundy’s whole tenure, is often credited for creating, “the Jordan rules,” which were put in place to stop and up and coming star in Chicago named Michael Jordan.
You might of heard of him.
We wrote about Malone last week as the top target for Van Gundy to bring back to Detroit. Malone is a very good fundamental coach, who strives on getting the best out of players defensively.
Malone last coached in 2013 in Sacramento under his son Mike Malone. In his own words, Malone explains his philosophy as a coach.
Malone has spent 27 seasons in the association.
He left the Pistons organization in 1995 to become the first ever head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
The 72 year old has also coached that the college ranks. Malone was hired by Rhode Island in 1984 to be their head coach. His last stop in college before making the transition to the NBA.
Malone left his post on his son’s bench a week before the start of the 2013 season because of the rigors of NBA coaching.
Heading back to Detroit will be a better fit for Malone, because the team the organization is looking to build best fits his coaching style.
He brings a strong pedigree of player development, especially the defensive principles of the game that today’s players seem to lack without coaching. He will also do a good job of helping out Van Gundy with strategy and daily game planning.
Charlotte assistant coach Bob Beyer is also expected to join the staff. Beyer was hired in Orlando alongside Malone when Van Gundy took over as head coach in 2007.