Mike Brown Rumors
Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris has joined the Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie in committing to playing for Nigeria internationally as a naturalized player, head coach Mike Brown has confirmed to ESPN. Multiple reports in local media emerged on Friday that Morris would be playing for the African nation at the Olympics. The reports were confirmed by the official social media accounts of the Nigeria Basketball Federation and the Nuggets.
Brown did admit that Dallas Mavericks small forward Wes Iwundu and Detroit Pistons center Jahlil Okafor are two of the names under consideration. “I have been talking to Wes, Jahlil; he has been to Nigeria and spent some time there when he was 11, 12 years old. He’s a guy that I am excited about. We all should be excited about a guy like Jahlil because of his talent and his ability on that low post,” Brown said.
During the 2018-19 season, then-Warriors big Jordan Bell was suspended a game for “conduct detrimental to the team” after he purchased two items at Golden State’s team hotel in Memphis and charged them to assistant coach Mike Brown’s room. Bogut recalled to KNBR’s “Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks” that occurred shortly after he re-joined the Warriors as a free agent, claiming that Bell’s purchase was a lot more innocent than many social-media users assumed. “This hotel had a rule where if you didn’t have a credit card on file, you had to pay for it on the spot,” Bogut explained (h/t KNBR’s Jake Montero). So Jordan Bell goes into the gift shop. I don’t know what the hell he bought, some candles, some peanuts, just a bunch of random s–t, right? Decides ‘I’m going to sign this off to Mike Brown.’ He gets signed off, and as soon as he leaves, they call Mike Brown’s room, like, literally five minutes later like, ‘Sir you need to come back down because we don’t have a credit card on file, you need to pay for that.’ He’s like ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about, I’ve been in my room for the last hour.’
Drew Shiller: Steve Kerr yesterday on KNBR when discussing Steph Curry’s 40 points vs the Magic: “Mike Brown turned to me at one point during the game and he just said, ‘This guy is a video game.’ It’s true. You just sort of take for granted these crazy stepback 3s that he’s hitting.”
Is this project, though, bigger than basketball in Africa and Nigeria? Obviously, you want to advance the basketball programme, but knowing you, I think there’s a little bit more to it than just that… Mike Brown: For me, being African American, there’s no better connection for me than a country in Africa and especially Nigeria. There’s a quote from Nelson Mandela: “The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. The black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence.” That’s our rallying cry. That’s our slogan. Obviously, we all know who Nelson Mandela is. We all know what he meant, not just to South Africa, but to the world, and in particular, all of Africa.
Has Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry ever talked to you about the Olympics? Do you guys talk Olympics at all? Mike Brown: There’s a little banter going around about the Olympics because we have a few guys within our building [who talk about the Olympics]. You have Steve Kerr, who’s on the USA Basketball coaching staff, you have Steph [Curry], who obviously has a really good chance to play for Team USA. You have Klay [Thompson] and Draymond [Green]. Klay would be playing if he wasn’t hurt. Draymond played before. Chris DeMarco is the head coach of the Bahaman national team. And then I have a couple of guys on my on the Warriors staff that are going to be a part of the Team Nigeria.
Deng, who played 15 seasons in the NBA, had a familiar face on the opposing bench. Mike Brown coaches the Nigerian team, and used to coach Deng when they were with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. “I didn’t know he was going to coach the team,” Brown said “I used to coach Luol, now I’m coaching against him.” Brown credited Deng’s squad, which is inexperienced, for their grit.