Sacramento Kings ready to do it “Like Mike” with new head coach Mike Brown

Mike Brown has a career playoff record of 47-36. | Photo by Keith Allison

No, we’re not talking about the 2002 classic starring Bow Wow back when he was still Lil’ — we’re talking about the Sacramento Kings’ new head coach, Mike Brown.

Golden State Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown has reached a deal with the Kings to make him the team’s 31st head coach. He will take over for interim head coach Alvin Gentry, who stepped in following the firing of Luke Walton late last year. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mike brings 25 years of coaching experience to the franchise with the longest playoff drought in NBA history.

He lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals appearance during the 2006-07 season + was named Coach of the Year following the 2008-09 seasona level of success the Kings front office would obviously like to replicate.

In eight seasons as head coach, Mike has only posted losing records twice — good enough for the ninth-highest winning percentage among coaches with 500+ games at 61%. He’s spent the last six years in Oakland working with head coach Steve Kerr + star player Steph Curry to win two NBA championships.

Mike also served as the head coach for the Nigerian national team in 2020, leading them to the No. 1 ranking in Africa — even beating the U.S. national team in an exhibition match last July.

Mike is expected to finish out the remainder of the Warriors current playoff run before trading in the Bay for the Valley full time.