A day faraway from the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade in San Francisco, Mike Brown appeared 90 miles up Interstate 80 on Tuesday, reporting for obligation as the brand new head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
“I hope I do not get in bother for saying this,” Brown stated as he sat subsequent to Kings normal supervisor and president of basketball operations Monte McNair throughout his introductory information convention. “I actually could not flip up like I needed to due to this doggone press convention at this time.”
Though his celebration was subdued after his third title in his six years as a Golden State assistant, Brown stated he was ecstatic to debate his fourth head-coaching alternative after two stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a spell with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“The potential right here, I actually imagine the potential is off the charts,” he stated. “It will get me excited eager about it. … The gamers right here, I am enthusiastic about.
“There’s simply plenty of alternative right here for this place to blow up, and I wish to be part of it.”
There’s nowhere for the Kings to go however up.
Sacramento hasn’t certified for the postseason since 2006, and completed in final place within the Pacific Division in seven of these 16 years. The Kings went 30-52 this previous season, firing Luke Walton halfway by way of the marketing campaign after which dismissing Alvin Gentry from his interim place after they completed ranked twenty fifth in offensive effectivity and twenty seventh in defensive effectivity.
Brown addressed the playoff drought head on Tuesday.
“There ain’t no elephant within the room,” he stated. “You possibly can communicate on it. We will embrace that. I am not coming right here to have enjoyable, be excited, be a part of the realm. I am coming right here to win. So we’ll embrace something that is in entrance of us that talks about successful. So, we stay up for it.”
Brown, who accepted the job whereas the Warriors had been in the course of their second-round playoff collection towards the Memphis Grizzlies, stated he was “closely concerned” in taking on the Kings whereas nonetheless ending out the Warriors’ championship run. On Tuesday, he revealed a majority of his teaching workers, hiring Jordi Fernandez from the Denver Nuggets, Jay Triano from the Charlotte Hornets, Luke Loucks from the Phoenix Suns and Doug Christie, a former Kings standout whom he performed towards in school.
“I’ve talked to each single participant on a number of events,” Brown stated. “A few of them I talked to in individual. A few of them I talked to on Zoom. Similar with the workers that is nonetheless round, talked to them on Zoom, talked to them on the cellphone a number of instances. Clearly, Monty’s spouse, she’s a terrific woman, however each infrequently she would possibly get a bit irritated with him as a result of I believe he solutions my calls greater than hers.”
He stated he used an off day in between the convention finals and NBA Finals to fly all the way down to San Diego and see level guard De’Aaron Fox work out. He calls him “Cunning,” a nickname he gave him in highschool when he coached him at a basketball camp.
“Clearly I walked away impressed along with his pace, however I assumed he was a canine defensively,” Brown stated of Fox. “So there’s going to be plenty of stress on him coming from me, not anyone else, to get again to what I do know he can do on this stage night time in and night time out.”
Brown stated the Warriors’ defensive success final season regardless of a roster rife with gamers with restricted defensive reputations exhibits what the Kings can do on that finish.
“Individuals take a look at Steph Curry, [Nemanja Bjelica]Otto Porter, Jordan Poole, [Andrew] Wiggins in Minnesota, I imply I may go down the road of the personnel that we had with the Warriors and folks didn’t suppose they might defend,” Brown stated. 2 protection within the league. Now, will we be that subsequent yr? I do not know. Most likely not. It’ll be a course of. However I am enthusiastic about all the blokes.”
Brown additionally talked about Davion Mitchell, Harrison Barnes, Domantas Sabonis and Richaun Holmes through the information convention, in addition to the Kings’ No. 4 decide in Thursday’s NBA draft, as causes to be inspired concerning the crew’s future.
“I am enthusiastic about being right here in Sacramento,” Brown stated. “I’ve plenty of mates that reside up this fashion. No person has advised me something or stated something unhealthy concerning the space. It is at all times been optimistic. And that is even earlier than I bought the job. So, I am enthusiastic about being in . .. what’s it? Sactown. Sacto. Sac. The Huge Tomato, one thing like that. There’s plenty of totally different nicknames for it.”