Brown explains confidence in his ability to turn Kings around originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Roughly 24 hours after celebrating the Warriors’ 2022 NBA title in San Francisco, Mike Brown made his way to Sacramento in order to be introduced by the Kings as their new head coach.
After six seasons, three championships and four NBA Finals appearances with the Warriors, Brown has a tall task in front of him: Help the Kings turn around a franchise that hasn’t made the NBA playoffs since the 2005-06 season, an NBA-record 16-year drought.
But Brown brings a strong pedigree and 21 years of NBA coaching experience. He was in charge of the Warriors’ defense over the last few seasons, and a defensive identity is something the Kings desperately need as they try to build a winning culture.
After his press conference alongside Kings general manager Monte McNair, Brown sat down with NBC Sports California’s Kyle Draper for a lengthy interview inside Golden 1 Center.
Brown, 52, spoke about why he has confidence in his ability to get the Kings on the right track.
“The potential’s there,” Brown told Draper. “It’s just about implementing the right plan. And I’ve been around a long time — 30 years — and I’ve been around a lot of good ones and then part of not-so-good ones. But I feel like any experience that you have, whether it’s “great” or “bad,” you learn and you grow from. And I feel like I’ve learned everywhere that I’ve been.
“And as an assistant and even as a head coach, you’re always trying to evolve and formulate the next plan for your next adventure. So it’s no different here. I feel like my leadership skills are one that can help this thing get to another level. As a leader, it’s my job to give hope but define reality for everybody and so that’s what I’m going to do while here.”
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The Kings have churned through head coaches ever since they didn’t bring back Rick Adelman after the 2005-06 season, so they are hoping Brown brings stability to the organization.
The Western Conference is loaded with playoff contenders, so Brown’s task isn’t easy. But the roster has talent and could add another high-level player with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Now, it’s Brown’s job to get the players to buy into what he’s selling, otherwise his plan won’t work.