Kings' Malone Denies Rift with Warriors Coach

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone says he still has a friendly relationship with Golden State's Mark Jackson, denying a report that the two went weeks without talking while he was the lead assistant with the Warriors the previous two seasons.

Malone spoke before Sacramento hosted the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. His comments came a day after Jackson reassigned first-year assistant Brian Scalabrine to the team's NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz because of what Jackson called a "difference in philosophies."

The decision has fueled fodder over the disagreement and how Jackson runs his team.

Yahoo Sports, citing unidentified league sources, said Jackson and Malone went weeks without talking during their tenure. Malone says the two spoke every day and worked through their differences.

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