The Sacramento Kings have agreed to hire Mike Brown as Golden State’s assistant head coach.
A man familiar with the decision confirmed Sunday that Brown will take on the franchise with the longest drought playoff in NBA history. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce hiring.
ESPN first announced that Brown will get the job. Brown previously served twice as head coach in Cleveland, where he led the Cavaliers to the 2007 NBA Finals, and was one coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brown is expected to stay with the Warriors until the end of their playoff series before moving to Sacramento, where he will be the last former Golden State coach to take over the Kings.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadiv took over the franchise in 2013 after being a minority owner of the Warriors, and immediately hired Michael Malone from the Golden State staff as his first head coach.
Ronadov then hired former Warriors assistant Luke Walton as head coach in 2019 and promoted former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to interim coach after Walton was fired last November.
None of these steps have led to success for the NBA’s worst franchise in 16 years.
The Kings have failed to reach the playoffs in each of these seasons, setting a record for the longest drought in NBA history. Last season under Walton and Gentry they went 30-52 with their win percentage of 0.366, the worst since the 2017-18 season.
Since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings have achieved only one pair of successes, reaching the playoffs in all eight seasons under coach Rick Adelman from 1999 to 2006. Adelman was fired in 2006 and remains the only coach in the Sacramento era to set a winning record in any season.
Brown has a strong pedigree, worked as an assistant to Greg Popovich in San Antonio and Steve Kerr at Golden State.
He got his first job as a head coach in Cleveland in 2005. He helped LeBron James and the Cavaliers reach the final in their second season before being captured by the Spurs. He was sacked in 2010 after winning 127 games in the previous two years, but did not return to the final.
After a year-long break, Brown replaced Phil Jackson with the Lakers and had almost no success in Cleveland. The Lakers went 41-25 in their first season and he was sacked after the start of the next season 1-4.
The following season Brown returned to Cleveland and went 33-49 before being fired again one season later.
Brown was then hired in July 2016 by the Warriors as head assistant after Walton left to take over as the Lakers head coach.
Brown imitates the team that scored second place in the NBA, despite being picked up at this end of the field by rookie Devion Mitchell.
Playing De’Aaron Fox was in and out of his lineup, missing 23 games with various injuries. The two-time all-star match Damantas Sabonis has arrived in the deadline with general manager Monte McNair. Sabonis made a big splash in Sacramento before being knocked out in the last nine games due to a knee injury.
Although McNair brought order to the main office, he still could not make a list capable of fighting for a place in the playoffs.
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