In a league with so many talented coaches, it takes a truly remarkable performance to stand out from the pack. It’s rare to see such a performance, but Mike Brown accomplished just that when he led the Sacramento Kings to the playoffs after a 16-year absence.
Brown has now been named the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year, a fitting reward for one of the NBA’s most accomplished coaches.
Brown has spent the last six years as an assistant coach under Steve Kerr, helping the Golden State Warriors win three titles. However, it took just one season with the Kings for him to make a massive impact and earn the title of Coach of the Year.
Under Brown’s leadership, the Kings put together one of the most efficient offenses in NBA history, averaging 118.6 points per 100 possessions, the best since play-by-play was first tracked in the 1996-1997 season. Sacramento was also the first team in NBA history to have three players average 20 or more points per game in a season.
The Kings’ incredible performance earned them a 48-34 record and the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Brown’s success this year is especially impressive when you consider that he took over the head coaching role from Alvin Gentry, who had been serving as the interim coach for the Kings.
Brown’s success was celebrated by NBA coaches and executives, including Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, who praised his game-changing attitude and ability to turn the franchise around.
Brown himself expressed his gratitude for his players and the coaches around the league, showing the humility and class that make him such a beloved figure in the NBA.
As the league prepares to announce its Coach of the Year winner, it’s clear that Brown’s incredible performance will be difficult to beat. The Kings’ playoff run was one of the most exciting moments of the season, and it was a testament to Brown’s ability to inspire his team to greatness.
In conclusion, Brown’s achievement is a tribute to the power of good coaching, and the importance of strong leadership in any organization. Not only did he guide the Kings to a truly historic season, but he did it with grace, humility, and class. Sacramento is lucky to have him, and the NBA is lucky to have such a talented and successful coach in its ranks.
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