Michael Malone on coaching Team LeBron: ‘Even I can’t screw that up’
Michael Malone will enjoy the honor of coaching Team LeBron at the NBA All-Star Game, and the Denver Nuggets head coach cracked a great joke about how coaches are mostly inessential in such exhibitions.
The All-Star Game Draft was held Thursday night, with team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo making their picks during a live broadcast, a change from last year when the selections were held behind closed doors.
Suffice to say, given the talent level available, the rosters of both Team LeBron and Team Giannis are loaded.
#TeamLeBron as drafted by @KingJames for #NBAAllStar 2019! pic.twitter.com/OK0ChaS5SB— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 8, 2019
#TeamGiannis as drafted by @Giannis_An34 for #NBAAllStar 2019! pic.twitter.com/BeshQF5g8z— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 8, 2019
Malone, while expressing regret that he won’t be coaching Nuggets star Nikola Jokic at the All-Star Game, made a self-deprecating comment about how LeBron made his job incredibly easy (although the same could be said for Team Giannis head coach, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer).
“Obviously, it would’ve been nice to be on the same team, but the way the draft is, with having the guys drafted, people like think I’m actually worried about who LeBron drafts,” Malone said Friday, via The Denver Post. “That’s a hell of a team. Even I can’t screw that up.”
Malone, after jokingly threatening to make Jokic’s life tough during the All-Star Game should the two end up on opposite sides, cracked another one-liner about his player.
“I think it’s better that way,” Malone said. “I’m sick of coaching him, he’s sick of playing for me. We’ll give each other a break for a few days.”
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., giving Malone over a week to showcase his comedic talents.