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

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 77)
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
19861988New York Knicks (assistant)
19881995Detroit Pistons (assistant)
1995–1996Toronto Raptors
19962000New York Knicks (assistant)
20002003Indiana Pacers (assistant)
2003–2004New York Knicks (assistant)
2004–2005Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2005Cleveland Cavaliers
20072012Orlando Magic (assistant)
20142016Detroit Pistons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:


Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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 handing 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 recordEdit


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


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
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

Coaching treeEdit

The following assistant coaches who worked for Malone had later become head coaches:

  • Darrell Walker, who served as an assistant coach under Malone for the first Toronto Raptors season in 1995–96, succeeded Malone as Raptors head coach in 1996 and remained head coach until the middle of the 1997–98 season. Walker later was head coach of the Washington Wizards in the later half of the 1999–2000 season.
  • John Shumate, who also served as assistant coach for the inaugural Raptors team, continued to be an assistant for the Raptors until 1998. In 2003, Shumate was head coach for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.


  1. ^ "Magic Name Assistant Coaches". Orlando Magic. July 3, 2007. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 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 January 4, 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 January 4, 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 April 26, 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 October 23, 2013.
  14. ^ Detroit Pistons Add Four Members to Basketball Staff

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