Sacramento Kings is hiring Mike Brown as the new head coach, sources say

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The Sacramento Kings chose their new king by hiring Mike Brown as the team’s new head coach in hopes of overcoming the NBA’s longest-running drought. The Kings have agreed a four-year deal with the current assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, confirmed KCRA 3 sources. ESPN was the first to announce the deal. Sunday’s announcement came almost six months after Luke Walton was sacked in his third season with the team 6-11. Assistant coach Alvin Gentry has taken up a temporary position. But when the Kings finished the season 30-52 and lost in 16 playoffs, Gentry was relieved of his coaching duties. Since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings have achieved only one pair of successes, reaching the playoffs in all eight seasons under coach Rick Adelman from 1999 to 2006. Adelman was fired in 2006 and remains the only coach in the Sacramento era to set a winning record in any season. Brown will be the 12th Coaches coach in the last 16 seasons BOTTOM VIDEO Bars and restaurants at Downtown Sac hope the Kings ’return with a new coach will lead to business growth. Brown is said to be among the top three candidates for the position, which includes Brooklyn Nets consultant Steve Clifford and former Warriors coach and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, according to reports. Earlier this month, sources said former Golden State Warriors head coach Jackson was a favorite of Kings owner Vivek Ronadive, ESPN reports. Brown is the current assistant coach of the Warriors under Steve Kerr, where he helped the team win two NBA titles. ESPN reports that he will stay with the team in the playoffs. Before moving to the Bay Area, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he led the team to the 2007 NBA Finals. He also briefly worked as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. But his first season, the Lakers passed 41-25. He was then fired after the start of the next season 1-4. The following season Brown returned to Cleveland and went 33-49 before being fired again after one season. Brown has an NBA head coach record of 347-216. This is an evolving story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest. — The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Sacramento Kings chose their new king by hiring Mike Brown as the team’s new head coach in hopes of overcoming the NBA’s longest-running drought.

The Kings have agreed a four-year deal with the current assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, confirmed KCRA 3 sources. ESPN was the first to announce the deal.

The announcement on Sunday appeared almost six months later Luke Walton was fired in his third season with the team 6-11.

Assistant coach Alvin Gentry has taken up a temporary position. But when the Kings finished the season 30-52 and lost 16 in a row in the playoffs, Gentry was relieved of his coaching duties.

Since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings have achieved only one pair of successes, reaching the playoffs in all eight seasons under coach Rick Adelman from 1999 to 2006. Adelman was fired in 2006 and remains the only coach in the Sacramento era to set a winning record in any season.

Brown will be the 12th coach of the “King” in the last 16 seasons.

| BOTTOM VIDEO Downtown Sac Bars and Restaurants Hope Kings Return with New Coach Will Lead to Business Growth

Brown was reportedly among the top three candidates for the position, which included Brooklyn Nets consultant Steve Clifford and former Warriors coach and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.

Earlier this month, sources said former Golden State Warriors head coach Jackson was a favorite of Kings owner Vivek Ronadive, reports ESPN.

Brown is the current assistant coach of the Warriors under Steve Kerr, where he helped the team win two NBA titles. ESPN reports that he will stay with the team in the playoffs.

Before moving to the Bay Area, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he led the team to the 2007 NBA Finals. He also briefly worked as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. But his first season the Lakers went with a score of 41-25. He was then fired after the start of the next season 1-4. The following season Brown returned to Cleveland and went 33-49 before being fired again one season later.

Brown has a NBA head coach record of 347-216.

This is an evolving story, stay with KCRA 3.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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