Kings hire Mike Brown: Warriors assistant takes over as Sacramento head coach

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The Sacramento Kings have agreed to an agreement with Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown to become their next coach, the team announced on Monday. Brown will stay with the Warriors during their playoffs, and his contract in Sacramento is four years, according to ESPN. Reports have previously suggested that team owner Vivek Ranadive preferred former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who was also a finalist, but the front office seems to have made Brown their choice.

Brown is best known for his first five-year tenure as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There he reached the 2007 NBA Finals along with LeBron James, but the Cavaliers never returned there under his supervision. He was fired after the 2009-10 season in hopes the new coach could help convince James to stay in the Cavaliers. He eventually left, but returned in 2014.

Brown continued to coach the Los Angeles Lakers from there, but after his 41-25 debut season, he was fired after a 1-4 start in the 2012-13 campaign. He returned to Cleveland for the 2013-14 season, but lasted only one year and was released before James finally returned.

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

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

Now Brown will try to break the worst drought in the NBA league, moving from a team that won three recent championships to a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 16 years. Brown will try to pass on his championship experience to the young Kings and help turn them into winners.

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