Why Mike Brown left the Warriors to become the Kings head coach of the NBA again

After kicking off his third NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors, new Kings coach Mike Brown was introduced to Sacramento on Tuesday and made clear he’s there to end a 16-year drought in the playoff.

Brown appeared at his first Gold 1 press conference wearing a purple jersey, marking a new chapter in his 25-year NBA coaching career. It’s been eight years since he served as head coach, however, on Tuesday he explained to reporters why he decided to leave the Warriors to take the helm in Sacramento.

It turns out it was a little bit of everything.

“The potential is here,” Brown said. “I really think the potential is off the charts. It makes me excited to think about it. And try to contain my composure and excitement while going through what’s going on. [the Warriors] Experienced the past two months have been difficult for me.

“…The players are here, I’m excited for them. Like I said earlier, [general manager] Monty [McNair]And the [assistant GM] Wes [Wilcox]And the [Chief Operating Officer] matina [Kolokotronis]. I am excited to work with these guys and the rest of the organization.

“And then the fact of the matter is that I’m excited about everything that’s going on here, from the building to the facilities. Every time I walk in here, I’m blown away…I’m ready to go out to the public, ready to connect with the people here in Sacramento and give back to the people here for being passionate And loyal to kings.”

Brown hopes to bring winning culture from the Bay to the 916 for the fans in Sacramento, who have experienced the longest drought in NBA history over the past 16 seasons. And this record isn’t something Brown would be ashamed to talk about.

“There is no elephant in the room,” Brown told reporters. “You can talk about it. We’ll embrace that. I’m not coming here to have fun and be excited and join the territory. I’m coming here to win, so we’ll embrace whatever’s in front of us that talks about winning.”

“So we are looking forward to that.”

Brown won three rings with the Warriors, serving under Steve Kerr since 2016. Brown earned a ring as part of the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff in 2003 as well, with Kerr on the roster.

His coaching experience came with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-10, 2013-14) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2011-12), where he collected a 47-36 record in eight seasons. He also trained in place of Kerr for the Warriors during their last playoff round and during the 2017 post-season.

While Golden State was working its way into the 2022 NBA Finals, Brown told reporters that he remained heavily involved in the events in Sacramento. After the Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals, Brown hopped on a plane to watch De’Aaron Fox train in San Diego and went to lunch with the Kings star and his family.

He added that he has spoken with every single Kings player on multiple occasions, and has been in constant contact with McNair since his appointment as head coach.

Now that it’s officially here, Brown said he has a lot to look forward to, such as the chemistry between Fox and Domantas Sabonis, who he described as “a combination of the top three in the league right now.”

And he remembered how the Cowbel Kingdom’s resonance had teased him as a visiting coach during the 2000s, but now he’d be a welcome voice. Brown wants to bring that exciting atmosphere back to Golden 1, and it all starts with the soul.

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“I am excited about this team, but one of the main reasons Joby is here is to bring some leadership in so many different areas,” Brown said. “I’ve been with a lot of teams in my 30 years, and I’ve experienced what I believe is something that can make organizations top not just in one year, but year in and year out.

“And that’s having a winning culture. My job is to lead in this field. Every organization out there, in my opinion, has a soul… and the stronger that spirit is, the better that organization is.”