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Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Kings appoints Mike Brown as next head coach: ‘Sacramento made a good choice’

SAN FRANCISCO – Warriors coach Steve Kerr has given the Sacramento Kings his seal of approval by hiring Golden State assistant coach Mike Brown, even if it comes at the cost of his own staff.

The Kings announced on Monday that Brown would be their next head coach. He will replace Alvin Gentry, who had replaced Luke Walton, another former assistant under Kerr.

Kerr was thrilled to see the 51-year-old Brown return to the helm of the NBA team after serving six years on the Warriors bench.

Asked about Brown’s appointment Monday after the firing, Kerr said, “I don’t even know where to begin.” “What Mike has done for me, in his six years here for this organization, just an incredible contribution, he is an amazing coach, amazing friend. And Sacramento made a great choice.

“It’s a loss for us, but that’s how it should work,” Kerr continued. “You want people who are really talented on your staff who can come in and contribute and have a great experience and hopefully learn and grow at the same time and then hopefully advance a career.” And be able to move on to that person. Mike is ready to do that again. He’s excited and we’re thrilled to have him. So deserved, he’s a great choice.”

Kerr said that Brown would be with the Warriors during their playoff run before turning his full attention to the Kings. He defeated former Warriors coach Mark Jackson for the job in Sacramento.

Kerr said it’s too soon to consider how they might go about changing the mind of a concerned defensive like Brown.

It’s “too early to go down that path,” Kerr said. “We have very important business right now, trying to win a series against a great young team, so we’ll worry about that stuff later.”

Brown has 21 years of NBA coaching experience, including eight seasons as head coach. He served in that role for two terms at Cleveland (2005–2010, 2013–14) and more than a year with the Lakers (2013–14). He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2007 after guiding the Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Championship. The Browns boast a career head coaching record of 347-216 over eight seasons, which ranks them as the ninth-best win percentage in NBA history among coaches who registered at least 500 games.

A Columbus, Ohio, native, Brown has served as an assistant under both Greg Popovich and Kerr. He most recently helped guide the Warriors to back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. He served as Golden State’s acting head coach in place of Kerr during a portion of the 2017 playoffs, when he was sidelined with a back issue. The Browns led the Warriors to an 11–0 record until Kerr returned for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

“Mike has demonstrated his ability to consistently lead winning teams throughout his long and successful coaching career,” Kings general manager Monte McNair said in a statement. “He’s worked with some of the best players in the NBA and is one of the league’s leading defensive minds. I’m excited to bring his extensive experience to Sacramento.”

Brown also served as the head coach of the Nigeria men’s national basketball team during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, held in August 2021.

Brown’s appointment was well received by Kings fans, who haven’t had too many victories to celebrate over the past decade and a half.

Sacramento missed the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season this year, effectively prolonging the league’s longest-running drought. They have had no winning season since the 2005–06 campaign, which was also the last time the Kings had 40 wins in a season.

There is some optimism around the Kings, who are building their team around two promising young players: Center Domentas Sabonis and Guard d’Aaron Fox. In this year’s NBA Draft, Sacramento has one first-round pick and two second-round picks.

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