Brown introduced as Kings coach after helping Warriors win

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During a break between Golden State’s Western Conference Finals games against Dallas, the Warriors’ then-top assistant Mike Brown hopped on a plane to San Diego to watch his new star De’Aaron TSWT s train and take the Sacramento guard and his family to lunch.

Brown then flew back to Golden State for playoff prep.

Last Tuesday, Brown was officially introduced as the Kings’ new coach, just a day after celebrating the Warriors’ fourth championship in eight years with a victory parade in San Francisco.

“I’ve been very involved,” Brown said of meeting the Kings as the schedule permitted. ”I spoke to each player several times.”

Sacramento signed the widely-traveled Brown in May, but he stayed with the Warriors through their playoff series that ended with the franchise’s fourth championship in eight years last Thursday night in the deciding Game 6 in Boston.

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“First of all, I would like to start by thanking everyone in Warrior Country,” Brown said.

Brown, 52, will be tasked with ending the league’s longest playoff drought at age 16. He succeeds former Warriors main assistant Luke Walton, who was hired by the Kings away from Golden State in 2019 before he was fired last November. Alvin Gentry took over as interim before the Kings finished 30-52.

Sacramento’s .366 winning percentage was its worst since the 2017-18 season.

Brown is determined to build a consistent winner in the state capitol.

“One of the main reasons I was brought here was to provide some leadership in a lot of different areas,” he said. ”I’ve been with a lot of different teams in my 30s. I’ve been through something that I believe can take organizations to the top, not just in one year, but year after year, and that’s having a winning culture. My job is to lead in this area. Every organization out there, in my opinion, has a soul. The stronger this soul, the better this organization will be.”

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Brown previously held two head coaching stints with Cleveland, where he guided the Cavaliers to the 2007 NBA Finals, and also coached the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since arriving in Sacramento in 1985, the Kings have had only one successful streak, making 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 post an all-season winning record.

“We’ve gone through a very robust, thorough and thorough process at the front office here here,” Kings chief executive Monte McNair said. ”We wanted to make sure we found the right coach. We did a lot of research and it boiled down to three key elements for us: experience, successful head coaching experience, relationships, the ability to build relationships within the organization and the leadership – leadership as a head coach and leadership for everything we try to do here.”

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On several occasions, Brown has replaced Warriors coach Steve Kerr, most recently when Kerr dealt with COVID-19 and missed three playoff games.

Now it’s time for a new chapter that he hopes will produce a regular contender much like where he’s been.

And when someone congratulated Brown on the Warriors title, Brown flashed his warm smile and cracked, ‘Can you repeat that? ”

“I have four,” he added, holding up four fingers and laughing.

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