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Insider Reveals Latest On Mike Brown Extension Talks


Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown reacts to a call during their game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Golden 1 Center on April 17, 2023 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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A year ago, the Sacramento Kings were one of the hottest and most promising young teams in the NBA after they had finished third in the Western Conference and come within one game of winning their first playoff series since 2004.

But this season, they had a bit of a correction, as they fell to ninth place and lost in the play-in tournament to a short-handed New Orleans Pelicans team.

There has been talk that Kings management is unhappy with head coach Mike Brown, and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has “tabled talks” with him on a possible contract extension.

Brown became Sacramento’s head coach two years ago, and at the time, they were a floundering franchise despite possessing some promising young talent.

But Brown instituted a fast-paced, fast-moving offense that resulted in them leading the league in scoring last season, and they seemed to be a team that would only get better this year.

However, they fell from 120.7 points a game last season to 116.6 points a game this season, and while their defense improved somewhat, it wasn’t enough for an overall net gain.

In All-Stars De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, the Kings have two absolute cornerstones, but in order to compete with the NBA’s heavyweights, they need a little more firepower and defensive muscle up front.

Brown has certainly evolved and improved as a head coach, especially offensively, where he has gone from favoring a ground-and-pound system that is outdated by today’s standards to something more akin to what Steve Kerr’s four-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors run.

Brown spent six years as an assistant under Kerr in Golden State and was a member of three of those championship teams, which allowed him to get up to speed on modern-day up-tempo, pace-and-space basketball.


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