Kings officially name Warriors’ Mike Brown as new head coach


FILE – On this June 1, 2017, file photograph, Golden State Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown solutions questions throughout a information convention after Sport 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals towards the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif. Brown has a do-for-others nature and because the Warriors host Cleveland on Christmas Day everybody will keep in mind precisely what he did to assist information Golden State to a second title in three years final June as he crammed in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr. (AP Picture/Ben Margot, File)


Successful and protection have been two of the most important issues for the Kings over the course of their NBA-record 16-year playoff drought. They assume Mike Brown will help them in each areas.

The Kings formally introduced Monday they’ve employed Brown, 52, as their new head coach. Common supervisor Monte McNair issued a press release lauding Brown for his defensive mindset, expertise and document of success.

“Mike has constantly demonstrated his capability to guide successful groups all through his lengthy and profitable teaching profession,” McNair stated in a information launch. “He has labored with a number of the finest gamers within the NBA and is without doubt one of the league’s premier defensive minds. I’m excited to deliver his in depth expertise to Sacramento.”

The Kings made the formal announcement after reaching an settlement on a four-year take care of Brown on Sunday. Brown is in his sixth season as affiliate head coach of the Warriors, the place he serves as Steve Kerr’s prime assistant. Brown will stay with the Warriors by means of the tip of their playoff run, sources instructed The Sacramento Bee.

Brown has a 347-216 (.616) document with six playoff appearances in eight seasons as a head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. He went to the NBA Finals as a head coach with the Cavaliers and served as an assistant for NBA championship groups with the San Antonio Spurs (2003) and Warriors (2017, 2018).

The Kings employed Brown from a candidate pool that included Brooklyn Nets teaching marketing consultant Steve Clifford; New Orleans Pelicans teaching advisor Mike D’Antoni; Milwaukee Bucks assistants Darvin Ham and Charles Lee; ESPN analyst Mark Jackson; and Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy. Brown, Jackson and Clifford got here to Sacrament to interview for the job final week after being chosen as finalists.

Brown began his teaching profession as an assistant underneath Bernie Bickerstaff with the Washington Wizards from 1997-99. He labored underneath Gregg Popovich in San Antonio from 2000-03 and Rick Carlisle with the Indiana Pacers from 2003-05.

Brown later served as head coach of the Cavaliers and Lakers. He has coached a number of NBA stars through the years, together with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Inexperienced.

Brown has a longstanding repute as one of many sport’s finest defensive coaches. The Warriors completed second within the NBA this season in defensive ranking (106.6), second in opponent field-goal share (.438) and third in opponent factors per sport (105.5).

This story was initially printed Could 9, 2022 11:39 AM.

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He began his journalism profession at The Bee greater than 20 years in the past and returned to cowl the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.

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