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Former Friends School assistant basketball coach Michael Malone will take the Denver Nuggets to the NBA Finals. Malone, who is the head coach for the Nuggets, graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 1994, and during his last winter in Baltimore, he began his chosen career at Friends with Randy Cooper as the head coach.
Atman Smith '96 was interviewed for a recent article in the Baltimore Sun: “I remember when [Cooper] announced he had a former Division I point guard coming to help out, all the guys got excited,” former Friends player Atman Smith said. “Mike came in with so much swag. He had such a level of respect just because I was young then, but it seemed like the entire time he was coaching with us, he made every single shot he took. He wasn’t one of those coaches that got in your face, yelling, but he demanded respect.”
Good luck in the Finals, Michael!