Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown, ready to embrace victory after a prolonged playoff drought

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 wished due to this press convention in the present day.”

Though his celebration was subdued after his third title in his six years as an assistant to Golden State, Brown mentioned he was comfortable 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 assume 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 a whole lot of alternatives right here for this place to blow up, and I need to be part of it.”

There isn’t a place for kings to go however to ascend.

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 concerning the drought on Tuesday.

“There isn’t a elephant within the room,” he mentioned. “You’ll be able to speak about it. We’ll embrace that. I am not coming right here to have enjoyable, get excited, and 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 trying ahead to that.”

Brown, who accepted the place whereas the Warriors have been halfway via the second spherical of the playoffs towards 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 workers, 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 towards in school.

“I’ve spoken to each participant on a number of events,” Brown mentioned. “A few of them I spoke to in particular person. I spoke to them on Zoom. A few of them I spoke to on Zoom. Likewise with the workers who’re nonetheless round, I spoke to them on Zoom, I spoke to them on the cellphone a number of occasions. Clearly, Monty’s spouse, she is an excellent girl, however between At times you may get just a little mad at him as a result of I believe he solutions my calls greater than hers.”

He mentioned he took a day without work between the convention finals and the NBA Finals to journey to San Diego and see the bottom. 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 a whole lot of strain on him, and never from anybody else, to get again to what I do know he can do at this stage day and night time.”

Brown mentioned the Warriors’ defensive success final season regardless of having gamers with a restricted defensive popularity exhibits what the Kings can do to that finish.

“Individuals have a look at Steve Curry, [Nemanja Bjelica]Otto Porter Jordan PaulAnd the [Andrew] Brown mentioned: Wiggins in Minnesota, I imply I might go down the road of men that we had with the Warriors and folks did not assume they might defend. And by some means, we ended up with protection quantity 2 within the league. Now, will we be that subsequent 12 months? I do not know. Principally not. It will likely be sensible. However I am enthusiastic about all the blokes.”

Brown additionally talked about Davion MitchellAnd the Harrison BarnesAnd the Dumantas Sabonis And the Richawn Holmes In the course of the press convention, in addition to the Kings’ No. 4 choice within the NBA Draft Thursday, as causes to cheer concerning the staff’s future.

“I am excited to be right here in Sacramento,” Brown mentioned. “I’ve a whole lot of pals who dwell like this. Nobody ever informed me something or mentioned something unhealthy concerning the space. It was all the time a constructive. And that was even earlier than I bought the job. So, I am excited to be there… What is that this? Sactown.” Sacto. Sac. The Large Tomato, one thing like that. There are a whole lot of completely different nicknames for her.”