I don't know how long it has been since fans and friends saw the Kings in the playoffs, 16 years Kings fans came uninvited, how many people still remember the Kings team that played the league's most fantastic basketball?
It was Mike Brown, the "rookie" head coach from the Sacrato Kings, who ----was once criticized for his bread coach, who made the King look new.
The Sacramento Kings officially announced this offseason that Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has become the team's new head coach, who will join the new team after assisting Steve Kerr this season.
Mike Brown was born on March 5, 1970 in Minnesota, USA. He developed a keen interest in basketball at an early age and became a member of a local youth basketball team. As his basketball ability continued to improve, he became one of the main players on the varsity team in high school.
Mike Brown joined Arizona State University in 1991 as a member of the school's basketball team. He excelled in college, ranking first in his class, averaging 20.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He also represented the United States at the 1992 Universiade and helped the U.S. men's basketball team win a gold medal.
Mike Brown has shown his excellent basketball skills on the court, and his shooting accuracy and defensive ability are praised. He has been named the All-American College Basketball Rookie Interior Player and one of the All-America's Best Collegiate Basketball Rookie Players. In addition, he was one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the school, and his jersey number 40 was retired as a sign of reverence for him.
In addition to basketball, Mike Brown also showed excellent academic results during his college years. He was awarded the Merit-Based Student Scholarship from Arizona State University and received his MBA in 1995.
Mike Brown was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 30th pick in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft. He has played for a number of teams during his career, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns. Here are some stats from Mike Brown's time as a player:
- In the 1992-93 season, he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 19.1 minutes per game, 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists;
- In 1993-94, he still played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 29.6 minutes per game, 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists;
- In the 1994-95 season, he moved to the San Antonio Spurs, where he averaged 25.7 minutes per game, with 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists;
- In the 1995-96 season, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 27.1 minutes per game, 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists;
- In 1996-97, he still played for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 30.7 minutes per game, 13.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists;
- In the 1997-98 season, he remained with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 29.0 minutes per game, 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists;
- In 1998-99, he moved to the Phoenix Suns, averaging 26.4 minutes per game, 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists;
- He played for the Phoenix Suns in the 1999-2000 season, but played only 11 games due to injury problems, averaging 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
In 2001, Mike Brown retired due to injury and switched to coaching, where he served as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors. In 2005, he became the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he led the team to the NBA Finals. Since then, Mike Brown has coached a number of teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns and now the Kings.
Mike Brown became the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005, where he led the team to the NBA Finals and became only the second head coach in Cavaliers history to lead the team to the Finals. Here are some of Mike Brown's journey coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers:
- 2005-06 season. Mike Brown made his first time coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers, and during the season, he led the team to a 50-32 record, second in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, he led the Cavaliers to the Finals by eliminating the Washington Wizards, the New Jersey Nets, and the Detroit Pistons. Although they lost 4-0 to the San Antonio Spurs, Mike Brown's coaching performance was affirmed;
- 2006-07 season. During the season, Mike Brown went on as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the team to a 50-32 record and second in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers eliminated the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. However, they lost to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, ending the season;
- 2007-08 season. During the season, Mike Brown went on as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the team to a 45-37 record and fourth in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers eliminated the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. However, they lost 4–2 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, stopping in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Mike Brown became interim head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, replacing Phil Jackson, who suspended coaching for health reasons. Here are some of Mike Brown's journey with the Los Angeles Lakers:
- 2010-11 season. Mike Brown coached the Lakers for the first time, leading the team to a 41-25 record, ranking second in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers lost 2-4 to the Dallas Mavericks, stopping in the first round.
- 2012-13 season. This season is Mike Brown's last full season with the Lakers, and the team has experienced many ups and downs in the season, first due to Kobe Bryant's injury and then changing coaches several times. Mike Brown led the team to a 26-29 record before being fired;
- 2018-19 season. Although Mike Brown did not officially serve as the head coach of the Lakers this season, he was invited to consult and coach the team several times, including basketball advice and tips for players such as LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma.
Mike Brown became the head coach of the Phoenix Suns in 2015-16, but the team did not perform well and ended the season with a 23-59 record. Here are some of Mike Brown's journey to coach the Phoenix Suns:
- 2015-16 season. Mike Brown made his first time coaching the Suns, but the team has struggled this season, finishing bottom of the Western Conference with a 23-59 record. Although the team has a number of good players such as Eric Bresson, Devin Booker and Taylor Ulis, Mike Brown did not succeed in taking the team to the playoffs due to injury issues and improper roster adjustments.
Overall, Mike Brown was unsuccessful during his tenure with the Suns, and the team did not perform well and ended in defeat
The Kings have agreed to sign Warriors assistant Mike Brown to a four-year contract this offseason, hiring him as the team's next head coach. After negotiations over the weekend, the Kings finalized the deal with Brown today, and Brown will come to the team with a clear mission — to end the NBA's longest playoff drought and return the Kings to the playoffs after a 16-year hiatus, the sources said.
As it turned out, the Kings finished third in the West 44-29 and met again in the playoffs after a 16-year absence.