A day after the Golden State Warriors’ championship present in San Francisco, Mike Brown appeared 90 miles over Interstate 80 on Tuesday, working as the brand new head coach for the Sacramento Kings.
“I hope I do not get in bother for saying that,” Brown mentioned, sitting subsequent to Kings basic supervisor and chief of basketball operations Monty McNair throughout his inaugural press convention. “I actually could not come as I needed due to this press convention at the moment.”
Though his celebration was subdued after his third title in his six years as an assistant to Golden State, Brown mentioned he was pleased to debate his fourth coaching alternative after two stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and one with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“The potential is right here, I actually suppose the potential is off the charts,” he mentioned. “It makes me excited to consider it… the gamers right here, I am enthusiastic about them.
“There are numerous alternatives right here for this place to blow up, and I need to be part of it.”
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Sacramento has not certified for the postseason since 2006, ending final within the Pacific Division in seven of these 16 years. The Kings went 30-52 this previous season, firing Luke Walton mid-season after which firing Alvin Gentry from his short-term place after they completed twenty fifth in offensive effectivity and twenty seventh in defensive effectivity.
Brown spoke in regards to the drought on Tuesday.
“There isn’t any elephant within the room,” he mentioned. “You may speak about it. We’ll embrace that. I am not coming right here to have enjoyable, get excited, be a part of the territory. I am coming right here to win. So we’ll embrace no matter’s in entrance of us that talks about profitable, so we’re wanting ahead to that.”
Brown, who accepted the place whereas the Warriors have been halfway by means of the second spherical of the playoffs in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies, mentioned he was “deeply concerned” in taking up the Kings whereas nonetheless ending the Warriors championship sequence. On Tuesday, he revealed nearly all of his teaching employees, hiring Jordi Fernandez of the Denver Nuggets, Jay Triano of the Charlotte Hornets, Luke Locks of the Phoenix Suns, and Doug Christie, one of many former Kings’ superstars he performed in opposition to in faculty.
“I’ve spoken to each participant on a number of events,” Brown mentioned. “I spoke to them in individual a few of them. I spoke to them on Zoom. I additionally spoke to them on Zoom, I spoke to them on Zoom, and I spoke to them on the cellphone just a few occasions. And clearly Monty’s spouse, she’s an exquisite woman, however now and again you would possibly get somewhat mad at him as a result of I feel He solutions my calls greater than hers.”
He mentioned he took a time off between the convention finals and the NBA finals to fly to San Diego and see the purpose guard. Diaron 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 by his pace, however I assumed he was a defensive canine,” Brown mentioned of Fox. “So there will likely be numerous stress on him, and never from anybody else, to get again to what I do know he can do at this degree day and evening.”
Brown mentioned the Warriors’ defensive success final season regardless of having gamers with a restricted defensive popularity reveals what the Kings can do to that finish.
“Individuals take a look at Steve Curry, [Nemanja Bjelica]Otto Porter Jordan PaulAnd the [Andrew] Brown mentioned: Wiggins in Minnesota, I imply I may go down the road of men that we had with the Warriors and folks did not suppose they may defend. And in some way, we ended up with protection quantity 2 within the league. Now, will we be that subsequent yr? I do not know. Largely not. It will likely be sensible. However I am enthusiastic about all these guys.”
Brown additionally talked about Davion MitchellAnd the Harrison BarnesAnd the Dumantas Sabonis And the Richawn Holmes Throughout the press convention, in addition to the Kings’ No. 4 choice within the NBA Draft Thursday, as causes to cheer in regards to the workforce’s future.
“I am excited to be right here in Sacramento,” Brown mentioned. “I’ve numerous mates who stay like this. No one ever advised me something or mentioned something dangerous in regards to the space. It was at all times a optimistic. And that was even earlier than I received the job. So, I am excited to be right here… What’s it? Sactown.” Sacto. Sac. The Massive Tomato, one thing like that. There are numerous completely different nicknames.”