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June 8, 2013
Michael Malone gets competitive in workouts

Michael Malone likes to coach defense. He's also willing to play defense.

"I don't mind getting down and playing a little defense and playing pick-and-roll," Malone said after the first of two predraft workouts the Kings hosted. "I know I'm competitive and I think when they sense my energy and my enthusiasm they kind of feed off of that as well. And guys that don't have that will obviously stick out."

Malone was asked about that and if he had to be creative with workouts considering he doesn't have his entire coaching staff. Malone said there are "plenty of bodies" available, including his own to get the job done.

Malone did have one additional coach helping (along with former assistant coach Bobby Jackson) on Saturday.

Chris Jent was on the court as part of the workout team, even though his hiring has not been made official.

Roy Rogers, another candidate to join the staff was at the workout but was not on the court with the players.

Malone said there was nothing formal to announce as far as hiring Jent or Rogers.

Malone said he'd like to hire four assistant coaches and additional staffers to serve in player development roles.

Until there is a formal announcement, Malone's only confirmed addition to the staff is his father, Brendan.

Meanwhile, Malone is making the most out of the workouts.

"I want to get into the intangibles," Malone said. "I want to try to get inside these guys and see what kind of heart that they have, what kind of competitive soul that they have and see if they can fit into the culture that we're trying to create."

C.J. McCollum, a guard the Kings could use the seventh pick on, described Malone as "high intensity."

"I love his style a lot," McCollum said. "He's a Queens guy. He's been in basketball for a long time and he knows the game."

*Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov were among those watching Saturday morning's workout.

*Louisville guard Peyton Siva said Kings guard Isaiah Thomas sent him a text message before his workout on Saturday. Both are from the state of Washington.

*Michael Carter-Williams said he's out to show teams he's improved his perimeter shooting. He shot 29.2 percent on three pointers as a sophomore at Syracuse.

*McCollum said he can play point or shooting guard. Might he be this year's Stephen Curry? He's heard the comparisons. Both are 6-foot-3, come from smaller schools (Curry played at Davision, McCollum at Lehigh) and are proficient shooters from long distance.



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