Michael Malone on what it means to hate to lose

Michael Malone ponders a call on the floor on opening night. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

Michael Malone wants players who hate to lose more than love to win.  The Sacramento Kings head coach has made this statement a few times early this season.  What exactly does that mean?  During practice yesterday, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee asked Malone that very question and the Kings head coach offered an explanation.

If you hate to lose, you’re not going to go through the motions at times.  You’re going to leave it all on the floor.  You’re gonna play with great energy and great passion.  Now, I haven’t said anything to any one of our guys about missing shots or making mistakes.  But the effort is one thing that has to be a constant and it hasn’t been at times.  So if you really hate to lose and if you hate being 1-5, we can’t continue to do the same things over and over, which is getting ourselves into these holes, making a great valiant comeback and falling short.

I mean (it’s a) very short season, but it’s the same thing almost every night.  I know I’m getting tired of seeing it.  I want us to play 48 minutes and come out of here with the win.  I’m still not panicking.  It’s a long season and I came into this year fully understanding that this was going to be a process and it’s going to take a long time to change around a culture that has been mired in the lottery for (six) years.  I have to remind myself of that and keep on teaching and coaching and trying to do a better job myself.

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Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.