Mike Brown Rumors
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.
Mike Brown has been open about his desire to become a head coach again, and Kerr is optimistic that his friend and colleague will get that opportunity. Long known as a dogged worker with a borderline obsessive attention to detail, Brown, 50, has learned the importance of being flexible during his nearly half-decade with the Warriors.
“I don’t think I’ll ever lose my attention to detail and my want to have things be organized, but what being here has showed me is that, if it’s not that way, it’s not the end of the world,” Brown said. “You try to get the best out of the moment, knowing there’s going to be another time or date to circle back if you need to. Just keep it moving.”
Brown called working under Kerr “the best job I’ve ever had,” which is high praise considering that Brown’s resume includes a Finals run with the LeBron James-led Cavaliers and a stint as the head coach of Kobe Bryant’s Lakers. But over the past year, as Brown filled more and more notepad pages with Kerr’s soliloquies, he sometimes wondered how he’d handle a head-coaching job differently than he had in previous stops.
But [Mike Brown’s] old reputation of being pedantic and relatively stiff, didn’t really connect with players, particularly the stars. He’s the only man to coach both Kobe Bryant and James, posting winning records with both, and still was sent packing. Brown’s formal approach, however, has been greatly mitigated by his four years as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant with the Warriors. He has learned to loosen up and unveil his humanity.
“When I first started coaching, most of the coaches were Type-A personalities. I was, too,” Brown told NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday. “You coached differently 15 years ago. The players were different. The league was different. “To be around Steve, to feel and see and smell and taste the richness that he brings to the table, but also the respect he gets, is a beautiful thing to watch.”
Brown’s X’s and O’s always have been solid. His improvisation and flexibility needed work. Now 50, he considers it part of the maturation process gained from being in the company of such smart and affable veteran players, from Steph Curry and Draymond Green, to Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, to Kevin Durant and David West, among others. “You learn a lot from those players, especially from guys that have been around for a long time and been with a lot of different teams, been in losing situations and winning situations,” Brown said. “You learn a lot about how to coach them. Those guys have all been very instrumental in my growth, not only as a coach but also as a person.”