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Malone has plans to correct the Kings’ problems, he told The Bee on Saturday, but has realistic goals.

“For me, it’s not going to be in wins and losses,” Malone said. “That’s not to say we don’t want to win, but for me, we’re going to judge success in Year One based off of three things. Did we change the culture, did we establish ourselves as a defensive team, and then, obviously, did our players develop?”

Malone said he will take something from all the coaches he’s worked for and bring his own spin to Sacramento.

Malone was brought to the NBA as an assistant for Van Gundy in New York, then he learned under Chaney and Wilkens with the Knicks before moving to Cleveland to work for Brown.

In Cleveland, Malone crafted his reputation as a defensive wizard. The Cavaliers won 66 games in 2008-09 with Malone as the defensive coordinator for one of the stingiest teams in the league.

Reported by Jason Jones of theĀ Sacramento Bee