The Kings have announced Mike Brown as their new head coach, making it official in a press release.
“Mike has consistently demonstrated his ability to lead winning teams throughout his long and successful coaching career,” said Kings GM Monte McNair. “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.”
Welcome to Sactown, Coach Brown 👑 pic.twitter.com/KnUcdqhA88
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) May 9, 2022
Brown, 52, reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with the Kings. He currently is an assistant under Steve Kerr with the Warriors, a position he has held since 2016. He is expected to remain with the Warriors until their playoff run is complete.
McNair speaks the truth about Brown when it comes to coaching stars. He did so as the head coach of the Cavaliers from 2005-10, when the likes of LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal were on the team. He again did it later with the Lakers of Kobe Bryant, and yet again in a second stop with the Cavs, when they had Kyrie Irving.
Brown was last a head coach in the 2013-14 season, when he was fired just one year into his return to Cleveland. James returned to the franchise from the Heat about a month later.
Overall, Brown has compiled a 347-216 record (.616 winning percentage) over eight seasons, leading the Cavs to the Finals in 2007, where they were swept by the Spurs.
The Kings, meanwhile, are coming off a 30-52 season and have not made the playoffs since 2006 — the NBA’s longest drought.
In other words, Brown is taking over a team that last tasted the postseason before the invention of the iPhone.
ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and former Magic and Hornets coach Steve Clifford were the other two finalists for the job. Jackson is also said to be a candidate for the vacancies with the Lakers and Hornets.