Mike Brown, Kenny Atkinson Linked To Kings

Former Cavaliers and Lakers coach Mike Brown and former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson are names to watch if the Kings decide not to promote interim coach Alvin Gentry, per Marc Stein of Substack.Mike Brown

Brown and Atkinson are both currently assistants with Steve Kerr and the Warriors.

Meanwhile, it’s too soon to say what may become of Gentry, who took over after Luke Walton was fired last week. Word around the NBA is that the Kings will give Gentry the rest of the season before deciding in his future with the franchise.

Brown, 51, has served as associate head coach under Kerr with the Warriors since 2016. 

Prior to joining the Warriors, Brown served two stints with the Cavaliers (2005-10 and 2013-14). He coached the Cavs to a Finals appearance in 2007, during LeBron James‘ first run with the franchise.

Brown also coached the Lakers during the lockout-shortened season of 2011-12. But he lasted just five games of the next season, after his attempt to install a version of the Princeton offense fell flat.

He has compiled a 347-216 record over eight seasons, having coached both James and Kobe Bryant.

Atkinson coached the Nets from 2016-20, compiling a 118-190 record and leading them to the playoffs in 2019. He was fired just before the season was paused because of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

He has also been an assistant with the Knicks, Hawks and Clippers.

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