Michael Malone didn't always pay attention to his new boss.

Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive knew he wanted Malone to be his head coach. And as he traveled to watch the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs as a minority owner, he studied Malone, an assistant on the staff.

Ranadive found he couldn't break Malone's focus.

"This man was 100 percent focused no the job at hand, which was the Warriors," Ranadive said Monday. "I tried to get his attention and he didn't even look at me. He had such intensity and such focus."

The Kings introduced Malone as the franchise's 25th head caoch Monday afternoon at Sleep Train Arena, who hope that intensity trickles down to a roster not known for being focused.

It was part of a busy day for Malone, who was at the practice facility during a pre-draft workout and plans to begin traveling to meet with players in addition to hiring his coaching staff over the next couple of weeks.

"We're going to do everything in our power starting today, it actually started a few hours ago, to turn this franchise around and get back to where we were in the glory days of Kings basketball when they were in the playoffs every year," Malone said.

Ranadive said he is "100 percent sure" he has the right coach, so much so Malone has been hired and the Kings still have not hired a new general manager.

"Without question he's the best out there," Ranadive said of Malone. "So when I had the opportunity to make him our head coach I jumped at that chance."