The Kings reportedly became the first NBA franchise to need a new head coach to be hired this spring, agreeing with Warriors assistant Mike Brown on a four-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sacramento reportedly finalized a deal with Brown on Sunday after meeting with him over a two-day period last week, according to Wojnarowski. He got the job through former Warriors coach and ESPN analyst Marc Jackson, who was considered one of the other finalists to fill the vacancy.
Brown, 52, has been at Golden State since 2016 as assistant head coach of the team under Steve Kerr. He was on the sidelines when the Warriors won the 2017 and ’18 championships, often being the acting head coach when Kerr was unavailable.
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Brown is expected to stay at Golden State until the end of the 2022 team playoffs. according to Jason Anderson of Sacramento Bee.
Prior to his stay in the Bay Area, Brown held a number of head coach positions in the Cavaliers (2005 to ’10), the Lakers (2011 to ’12) and the Cavs once again (2013 to ’14). He led Cleveland to the ’07 Eastern Conference Championships. and to the NBA Coach of the Year award two seasons later ’09.
During his eight seasons as head coach, Brown set a 347-216 regular season record. He is 47-36 in the playoffs.
Brown will succeed the Kings with a clear goal in mind: to end Sacramento’s 16-year play-off drought, the longest active streak in the league. The Kings are ranked 12th in the Western Conference this season after making a 30-52 record.