The only news so far in this New Orleans Hornets offseason has been whether or not the Lakers and Mike Brown can lure Hornets assistant coach Michael Malone. It appears that everything is set in place for Malone to take the lead assistant job being offered in L.A. as he awaits for a contract to come his way.
Nothing is set in stone yet, but it seems highly inevitable. Which sucks, because Malone was a big reason for the Hornets success (even if it was up and down, and didn’t end the way it should have). Chris Paul said, at the end of the Lakers series that, “we [the Hornets] have the best coaching staff in the league,” it seems that might take a hit…
Some indications of Malone being set to sign in L.A. are in his statements made to the Times-Picayune:
“After his press conference, we’ll talk some more about what he can offer in terms of years, money, contract, all that kind of stuff,” Malone said in relation to how close a deal was to being made.
“There’s no guarantee. It’s potentially a very good opportunity. But at the same time, as I’ve been telling people, right now I still work for the New Orleans Hornets. Mike and I have spoken and he told me of his desire to bring me in as his lead assistant, but now he has to work out all the details.”
“I have to do what’s best for me, my wife and my two little girls,” Malone said. “That’s why if this offer in L.A. is what everybody says it’s going to be, it’s going to be difficult to stay in New Orleans.
And Bang, there it is. If the Lakers want their man, all they have to do is go all Rod Tidwell on him. “Doing what’s best for his family,” in today’s NBA landscape means, “I’m getting the heck out of here, earning the biggest paycheck I can, in the biggest market, so I can advance my career.”
Is there anything wrong with that? No not really. But you can’t help but wonder, if something special was built here in New Orleans that Malone’s reputation would sky-rocket just as much as if he went to Los Angeles. Invariably is shows that no matter your occupation as coach, player or ball-boy, you will go if the dollars are right and if the prestige of the job is there.
Yes the Lakers job is an opportunity, but so too is the Hornets one. Good Luck Mr. Malone, we hardly knew ye.