Confirming one of the NBA's worst-kept secrets, the Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that Mike Malone will be the franchise's 25th head coach.
Malone will meet the Sacramento media Monday. He replaces Keith Smart, who was relieved of his duties Friday, shortly after the sale of the team was completed.
Malone is starting his first head-coaching gig. He spent last season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, one of the league's surprise teams. He has previous experience as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks (2003-05), Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-10) and New Orleans Hornets (2010-11). He also served on the coaching staffs of Providence College, the University of Virginia and Manhattan College.
Smart became the Kings' coach on Jan. 5, 2012, and he posted a 48-93 record during his tenure. Sacramento finished 28-54 last season.
A local investor group led by Vivek Ranadive paid an NBA-record $535 million for the Kings, preventing the team from being sold to a Seattle-based group that would have moved the team to the Northwest. The team plans to build a downtown arena.