Magic hire Brendan Malone, Patrick Ewing, Steve Clifford and Bob Beyer as assistant coaches
The Orlando Magic have named Brendan Malone, Patrick Ewing, Steve Clifford and Bob Beyer assistant coaches, General Manager Otis Smith and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed.
“Brendan, Patrick, Steve and Bob bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to Orlando,” said Van Gundy. “All four possess tremendous work ethic, have great attention to detail and will help our players reach their full potential. We are very excited to have them join our coaching staff.”
Malone brings nearly 20 years of NBA coaching experience to the Magic. Most recently, he served as a scout for Cleveland. Malone began the 2004-05 campaign as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers, then took over as head coach for the final 18 games of the season (8-10 record).
Prior to joining Cleveland, Malone served an assistant coach with New York in 2003-04. He was also on the Knicks bench as an assistant coach from 1986-88 and 1997-2000. In between his stops with New York, Malone was an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers for three seasons (2000-03).
In 1995, Malone was named the first-ever head coach of the expansion Toronto Raptors. After spending one season with the Raptors, he joined Seattle as a consultant during the SuperSonics’ run to the 1996 NBA Finals. Malone spent seven seasons (1988-95) as an assistant coach with Detroit. He helped the Pistons win back-to-back World Championships in 1989 and 1990 under Head Coach Chuck Daly. He has also been an assistant coach in three NBA All-Star Games (1990, 2000 and 2003).
Malone began his coaching career at New York’s legendary Power Memorial Academy in 1968. He was enshrined into the New York City Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Malone worked as an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Fordham, Yale and Syracuse, before becoming the head coach at the University of Rhode Island.
Born on April 21, 1942, Malone graduated from Iona College, then earned a master’s degree in physical education from New York University. He and his wife, Maureen, have six children, Cara, Brendan, Kevin, Kelly, Michael and Shannon. Michael currently serves as an assistant coach with Cleveland and helped the Cavaliers reach the 2007 NBA Finals.
A future Hall-of-Famer and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, Ewing has been an assistant coach with both Washington (2003-04) and Houston (2004-06). He played in 1,183 career NBA regular season outings during 17 seasons with New York, Seattle and Orlando, averaging 21.0 ppg., 9.8 rpg., 1.9 apg. and 2.45 blkpg. in 34.3 minpg. Ewing also appeared in 139 career playoff contests, averaging 20.2 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 2.18 blkpg. in 37.5 minpg. He was originally drafted in the first round (first overall) by the Knicks in the 1985 NBA Draft and finished his career with the Magic in 2001-02.
Ewing participated in 11 NBA All-Star Games, including 10 consecutive appearances from 1988 through 1997. He was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1989-90 and to the All-NBA Second Team six times (1987-88, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1996-97). Ewing also earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors three times (1987-88, 1988-89, 1991-92), was the 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year and captured two Olympic gold medals (1984, 1992).
At the time of his retirement, Ewing ranked among the NBA’s all-time leaders in several categories. He stood fourth in blocked shots (2,894), sixth in defensive rebounds (8,855) and 13th in both scoring (24,815) and minutes played (40,594). He also ranked among all-time players in games played (1,183, T-21st), field goals attempted (19,241, 12th), free throws made (5,392, 18th) and attempted (7,289, 18th), total rebounds (11,606, 19th) and offensive rebounds (2,751, 24th). Ewing was named the NBA Player-of-the-Month five times during his career and picked up NBA Player-of-the-Week honors 12 times.
Ewing spent the first 15 seasons of his career with the New York Knicks. He ranks as the Knicks’ all-time leader in games played (1,039), points (23,665), minutes (37,586), field goals made (9,260), field goals attempted (18,224), free throws made (5,126), free throws attempted (6,904), rebounds (10,759), steals (1,061), blocked shots (2,758) and 40-plus scoring games (30). His 11 NBA All-Star Game selections is a franchise record and he was inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame on Oct. 29, 1996.
While at Georgetown University, Ewing left as the school’s all-time leading rebounder (1,316) and shot blocker (493), while ranking second in all-time scoring (2,184) to Eric “Sleepy” Floyd (2,304). He set school records with 135 blocks as a senior and 371 rebounds as a junior. Ewing led the Hoyas to three NCAA Finals, including the 1984 NCAA Championship, which earned him tournament MVP. During his senior year (1984-85), his honors included the Kodak Award, Rupp Trophy and Naismith Trophy as Player of the Year from National Association of Basketball Coaches, Associated Press and The Sporting News Player of the Year, while sharing Big East Player of the Year honors with Chris Mullin of St. John’s.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ewing served as president of the National Basketball Players Association from Sept. 1997 to June 2001.
Clifford spent the last four seasons (2003-07) as a member of the Houston Rockets coaching staff. Prior to joining the Rockets, he spent three seasons with New York - two years as an assistant coach with the Knicks (2001-03) and one season (2000-01) as an advance scout.
Clifford entered the NBA with more than a decade of college coaching experience. Before joining the professional ranks, he served as an assistant coach at East Carolina University for one season. Clifford came to East Carolina after four years as head coach at Adelphi University, where he compiled a record of 86-36 (.705). He led Adelphi to four straight 20-win seasons, becoming the first coach in school history to record consecutive 20-plus win campaigns. He also guided Adelphi to four appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Prior to taking the reigns at Adelphi, Clifford began his college coaching career as an assistant at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire. After four seasons at St. Anselm’s, he was an assistant for one year at Fairfield University. The following year, Clifford moved to Boston University, where he coached for four seasons. He then moved to Siena College, where he coached for one year before going to Adelphi. Clifford’s first coaching experience came at Woodland High School in Maine, where he coached for two seasons.
Clifford graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in special education. He played four years with the Beavers, earning Best Defensive Player honors in his final two years while serving as team captain.
Beyer joins the Magic after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. Beyer served an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors in 2003-04 and was an advance scout during the 2004-05 campaign.
A native of LeRoy, NY, Beyer spent two seasons (2001-03) as an assistant coach at Texas Tech under Bob Knight. Prior to joining the Red Raiders, he was an assistant at Northwestern for three seasons (1997-2000). From 1994-97, Beyer was the head coach at Siena College. He also served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (1993-94), Siena (1989-93) and Albany (1985-89), and was a student coach at his alma mater of Alfred University (1983-84), after an injury ended his playing career.
Born on December 10, 1961, Beyer earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Alfred University in 1984. He also carried minors in coaching, writing and secondary education. While coaching at the University at Albany, he received a master's degree in curriculum planning and development.