– Mike Malone has been rewarded with a contract extension after leading the Denver Nuggets to their first NBA Championship
– Malone’s impressive coaching record and tenure with the Nuggets puts him in the company of some of the game’s elite coaching talents
– Malone saw the potential in Nikola Jokic from the beginning and has helped build the Nuggets around him
Head coach Mike Malone has recently signed a contract extension after leading the Denver Nuggets to their first ever NBA championship. Malone coached the Nuggets from a 30-win team to a perennial NBA championship contender. ESPN reported that he’s also set to join the short list of the league’s highest-paid coaches.
Having put together an impressive 414-339 coaching record, Malone has become the fourth-longest tenured coach in the NBA. His success ranks 11th among currently active coaches in history.
While exact details of Malone’s new contract have not been released, it is speculated that he will be in the same range as some of the top coaches in the NBA. Gregg Popovich and Monty Williams recently set records with their contracts.
One of Malone’s biggest accomplishments as a coach is helping to build the Nuggets around forward Nikola Jokic. In 2015, during his first year as coach, Malone expressed his confidence in Jokic, even saying “I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world.”
Under Malone’s leadership, the Denver Nuggets have had an impressive start to the season following their championship win. Despite a loss to the Houston Rockets, the Nuggets have an 8-2 record and are leading the Western Conference standings through 10 games.