Mike Brown Rumors
Entering this season, it’s my understanding Steve is considered fully healthy. But how do you prepare for any scenarios where you might be the interim head coach again? “It’s easy for me. I’m an assistant coach here. Steve is the head coach and is our leader. I understand that 100 percent … If Steve takes time off again or something like that, I understand it’s my job to take the step up and take over the team. But in the meantime, I’m very excited about my role and looking forward to us heading into the year with Steve being healthy the entire year and competing for another championship.”
Take me through that time when you found out you would be the interim coach during most of the playoffs, and what you got out of that experience? Mike Brown: ”It’s probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to walk into. I just relied on the experiences I had in the past. I tried to figure out different scenarios or situations good and bad that we may run into throughout the course of this run as the acting head coach and imagined myself in a situation that made me uncomfortable because we’re down big or a player and I had a disagreement. I tried to internalize how I would respond. It was almost like when you give a speech, you look in the mirror and say the speech to yourself so you can watch your facial inflections, reactions and all that other stuff. Then you go out and you actually do it.”
Mike Brown: “[Steve’s] communication skills are on par with one of the greatest communicators of all time in Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. Their style is a little bit different. But it’s just as effective, just as powerful and garners just as much as Pop does from some of the greatest players of all time because of the way he communicates. One of the attributes that I observed on a daily basis was how even keeled he was. He never got too excited, nor did he ever get too down, no matter if things were good or things were bad in front of him. Our guys, especially the veteran group we have, really feed off of that. They know if Steve was a believer in them and he was calm, cool and collected, that they would be the same and just focus on trying to do their jobs at the highest level. For me, that was one of the biggest things I wanted to concentrate on.”
Chris Broussard: “The one thing that’s unfortunate when it comes to LeBron’s career is [he hasn’t had a great coach]. I think that hurts him in the G.O.A.T. conversation and I’m on record as saying he’s the second-best player of all-time behind Michael Jordan. But if you look at a lot of the greats, the one thing they have in common is they had a great coach. Jordan played for Phil Jackson. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson had Pat Riley. Tim Duncan had Gregg Popovich. Kobe Bryant has Phil Jackson. LeBron – with all due respect to Erik Spoelstra, Ty Lue and Mike Brown, who are all good coaches – has never had that iconic coach, that legendary coach who could’ve fully coached him and [gotten the most out of him].