Mike Brown launched as Sacramento Kings coach, able to embrace profitable after prolonged playoff drought

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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 don’t get in trouble for saying this,” Brown stated as he sat subsequent to Kings common supervisor and president of basketball operations Monte McNair throughout his introductory information convention. “I really couldn’t turn up like I wanted to because of this doggone press conference today.”

Although 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 here, I truly believe the potential is off the charts,” he stated. “It gets me excited thinking about it. … The players here, I’m excited about.

“There’s simply loads 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 but up.

Sacramento hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2006, and finished in last place in the Pacific Division in seven of those 16 years. The Kings went 30-52 this past season, firing Luke Walton midway through the campaign and then dismissing Alvin Gentry from his interim position after they finished ranked 25th in offensive efficiency and 27th in defensive efficiency.

Brown addressed the playoff drought head on Tuesday.

“There ain’t no elephant within the room,” he said. “You can converse on it. We’re going to embrace that. I’m not coming right here to have enjoyable, be excited, be part of the realm. I’m coming right here to win. So we’ll embrace something that is in entrance of us that talks about profitable. So, we stay up for it.”

Brown, who accepted the job while the Warriors were in the middle of their second-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, said he was “closely concerned” in taking over the Kings while still finishing out the Warriors’ championship run. On Tuesday, he revealed a majority of his coaching staff, 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 said. “Some of them I talked to in particular person. Some of them I talked to on Zoom. Same with the employees that is nonetheless round, talked to them on Zoom, talked to them on the cellphone a number of instances. Obviously, Monty’s spouse, she’s an awesome girl, however each from time to time she would possibly get a bit irritated with him as a result of I believe he solutions my calls greater than hers.”

He said he used an off day in between the conference finals and NBA Finals to fly down to San Diego and see point guard De’Aaron Fox work out. He calls him “Foxy,” a nickname he gave him in high school when he coached him at a basketball camp.

“Obviously I walked away impressed together with his pace, however I believed he was a canine defensively,” Brown said of Fox. “So there’s going to be loads of strain 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 said the Warriors’ defensive success last season despite a roster rife with players with limited defensive reputations shows what the Kings can do on that end.

“People have 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 assume they might defend,” Brown said. “And by some means, someway, we ended up the No. 2 protection within the league. Now, will we be that subsequent 12 months? I do not know. Probably not. It’s going to be a course of. But I’m enthusiastic about all the fellows.”

Brown additionally talked about Davion Mitchell, Harrison Barnes, Domantas Sabonis and Richaun Holmes during the news conference, as well as the Kings’ No. 4 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, as reasons to be encouraged about the team’s future.

“I’m enthusiastic about being right here in Sacramento,” Brown said. “I’ve loads of pals that reside up this manner. Nobody has informed me something or stated something dangerous in regards to the space. It’s at all times been constructive. And that is even earlier than I received the job. So, I’m enthusiastic about being in … what’s it? Sactown. Sacto. Sac. The Big Tomato, one thing like that. There’s loads of totally different nicknames for it.”


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