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Their time together was short, but in two seasons at Golden State,

Michael Malone made a big impression on Warriors star Stephen Curry.

Malone was an assistant coach at Golden State from 2011-13.

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"He's a great coach, and I enjoyed my two years with him," Curry said. "There was a lot of stuff going on then, but he was a guy that was very consistent. He's tough-nosed, but he's also very approachable, a guy that players really warm up to."

Curry's Warriors faced the Nuggets on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

"I think he has a good vision for what he wants to bring to Denver," Curry said. "He knows the game, has a great IQ for the game. I think he expects a lot out of us players and is not afraid to say it. When you have a guy that's that invested in each individual, hopefully things work out."

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Faried returns. Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried returned to the team after a few days off to be with family after the birth of his second child.

How was it?

"With a newborn, there's no sleep," he said, smiling.


Footnotes. J.J. Hickson was not available to play against Golden State after having a root canal. ... With both point guards healthy, Malone had to choose which would start. The Nuggets coach went with Jameer Nelson.

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