Eight years after his last experience as head coach on the side of Cleveland, Mike Brown did not hesitate when seizing the proposal from Sacramento.
Unlike Kenny Atkinson, who had agreed to Charlotte before retracting to continue the adventure in Steve Kerr’s staff at the Warriors, he quickly left the San Francisco Bay Area to devote himself fully to the Kings project. And it’s an understatement to say that there is work!
A heavy challenge
“I was very involved. I’ve spoken to every player several times.”, he confided during his official induction. We even learned that he had made a brief round trip to San Diego in the middle of the conference final against Dallas to talk to De’Aaron Fox, see him train and invite his family to the restaurant.
While waiting for everyone to return to the field, it seemed important to him to start distilling his speech and his vision, he who will have the heavy task of bringing Sacramento back up the hierarchy in the West, and incidentally of qualifying the franchise. for the playoffs after 16 years of waiting. A record in NBA history.
“One of the main reasons I was brought here was to provide some leadership in a lot of areas”did he declare. “I’ve been on a lot of different teams over 30 years. I’ve experienced one thing that I think franchises get to the top, not just year after year, but year after year, and that is having a culture of winning. My job is to lead the way in this area. In my opinion, every franchise has a soul. The stronger that soul, the better the franchise.”
The ideal profile for the Kings?
Present at his side, the GM of the Monte McNair franchise for his part listed the reasons for his choice. For him, Mike Brown ticked all the boxes including the three priorities listed by the Kings.
“We conducted a very solid, thorough and comprehensive process within the front office. We wanted to make sure we were going to find the right coach. We did a lot of research and we came up with three key elements: experience, with a successful experience as a head coach, interpersonal skills, this ability to build relationships throughout the organization, and leadership, as as a coach and for everything we try to do here”he explained.
There are three good months left for Mike Brown and his new hierarchy for this new project to have a solid foundation. First step: the Draft with the 4e and 37e choice in hand.
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