Mike Malone still won’t wear purple even years after Kings firing
Mike Malone sure doesn’t forget.
In an appearance on ESPN’s The Lowe Post Podcast on Thursday, Malone revealed that he still does not wear purple to this day after his dismissal as Sacramento Kings head coach in 2014 and has also instructed his family members to do the same.
“I have not (worn purple),” Malone said. “And what I really love about that is that it’s my wife’s favorite color, and she hasn’t (worn purple). My daughters haven’t. It’s almost become taboo, forbidden in our household.
“It’s funny though. I have a lot of purple ties, because you try to work in your home colors,” Malone continued. “I think I donated them to the national suit drive last year.”
For Malone, who is now entering his second season as head coach for the Denver Nuggets, his flat-out refusal to sport the team colors of his former employer is understandable. Malone looked like the head coach of the future in Sacramento and even appeared to have earned the respect of the team’s volatile stars like DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. But for whatever inexplicable, Kangz-ian reason, Malone was scapegoated for a 11-13 start to the 2014-15 season and was unceremoniously shown the door.
Malone, who is slowly building his reputation has one of the NBA’s top tactical minds with an exciting, young roster in Denver, has to be glad in hindsight that he got out of the Sacramento disaster movie when he did, given that franchise’s continued struggles with incompetence. No word though if Malone has also banned Prince music, Alice Walker novels, and Barney DVDs from his household as well.