Mike Brown‘s last experience as a head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t go all that well.
He had the first losing season of his career, and it seemed like he couldn’t control his players in the locker room either, so he only spent one season back with the organization.
Brown then ‘settled’ for another assistant coach job, this time with the Golden State Warriors.
He was Steve Kerr‘s associate head coach from 2016-22 before finally getting another chance to be the main guy.
The Sacramento Kings took a gamble on the former NBA Coach of the Year, which drew mixed reviews around the league.
Of course, the Kings had often made the wrong decision in nearly every aspect, so it was only natural that his hiring was met with some skepticism.
Fast forward to today, and the Kings have been the biggest surprise in the league, and most of that has to do with Brown’s tough love and tactics.
He’s taken a young team and has helped turn the culture around in an organization that has had no clear direction for the better part of the past decade.
That’s why NBA analyst Joe Viray took to Twitter to praise his work, especially given the fact that he was always considered a defensive guru, yet he’s turned the Kings into an offensive juggernaut.
Pretty wild that Mike Brown was once a coach who hung his hat on being a defensive specialist. After spending years as an assistant under Steve Kerr, he's now transformed the Kings into a legit elite offense.
Just incredible usage of the tools given him.
— Joe Viray (@JoeVirayNBA) January 24, 2023
Evidently, Brown took a page or two out of Kerr’s offensive playbook in the Bay Area.
The young Kings are a special team, and it’s nice to see that he’s making the most of this new chance he’s been given.