Detroit Pistons assistant coach Brendan Malone will transition to a special assignment scout and move home to New York.
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy announced the decision this week, also giving promotions to Pat Garrity, Andrew Loomis and Bob Beyer, promoting Otis Smith to assistant coach and confirming Quentin Richardson will leave the staff.
Van Gundy, speaking of the moves,
“I’m proud to announce the restructuring of our basketball staff knowing that we have great people expanding their roles while maintaining continuity within our department. Pat, Andrew and Bob are well deserving of new responsibilities and we welcome Otis to Detroit on a full-time basis. Brendan is moving away from the bench and returning to his New York roots, but will continue to provide great basketball counsel and insight that has made him a great basketball mind for decades. We thank Quentin for his hard work over the last two seasons and respect his desire to spend more time with his family in Orlando.”
A native of New York, Malone just finished up his second stint as an assistant coach with the Pistons. His career began with the New York Knicks as an assistant coach in 1986. From 1988-95, he returned to the Piston, including winning back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. The first ever head coach of the expansion Toronto Raptors in 1995, he served as an assistant coach on Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando from 2007-12.