Mike Brown, a former Warriors assistant, was hired as Sacramento head coach

Mike Brown, a former Warriors assistant, was hired as Sacramento head coach

The Sacramento Kings announced Monday that they had agreed to hire Golden State Warriors associate coach Mike Brown as their next coach. Brown will be with the Warriors for the duration of their postseason run, and his contract in Sacramento is for four years. According to reports, team owner Vivek Ranadive favoured former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who was also a contender, but the front management appears to have chosen Brown.

Brown went on to coach the Los Angeles Lakers from there, but after a 41-25 debut season, he was fired following a 1-4 start to the 2012-13 campaign. He returned to Cleveland for the 2013-14 season, but lasted just a single year and was let go before James ultimately returned.

Brown is best known for his first five-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There, he reached the 2007 NBA Finals alongside LeBron James, but the Cavaliers never made it back there under his watch. He was fired after the 2009-10 season in the hopes that a new coach might help convince James to stay with the Cavaliers. He ultimately left, but returned in 2014.

Since then, Brown has served as a top assistant under Warriors coach Steve Kerr. He briefly stepped in for Kerr, who was recovering from back surgery, during the 2017 playoffs and posted an undefeated 11-0 record as Golden State’s interim coach. Ranadive was a minority owner of the Warriors before taking over the Kings.

Now Brown will attempt to break the NBA’s worst drought, going from a team that has won three recent championships to one that has not made the playoffs in 16 years. Brown will attempt to impart his championship experience upon the young Kings and help turn them into winners.

“Mike has consistently demonstrated his ability to lead winning teams throughout his long and successful coaching career,” Kings GM Monte McNair said in a press release. “He has worked with some of the best players in the NBA and is one of the league’s premier defensive minds. I am excited to bring his extensive experience to Sacramento.”

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