Pacers To Interview Mike Brown For Head Coaching Vacancy

The Pacers will interview Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown for the team’s head coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports (Twitter link).

Indiana’s head coaching search has yielded numerous names but Brown, 50, is as experienced a coach available this fall as multiple teams seek to fill openings.

Since 2016, Brown has been an assistant to Steve Kerr, helping the team win three NBA championships. Before that, the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007 during a five-year run as Cleveland’s head coach.

After he was dismissed from Cleveland, Brown replaced Phil Jackson in Los Angeles for the 2010/11 campaign but the Lakers were eliminated early in the postseason his season at the helm. Brown was fired just five games into the 2011/12 season after a sluggish start.

The Cavaliers rehired Brown in 2013 but was fired after just one season following a losing season.

Brown has previous experience in Indiana when he served as an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle from 2003-05. The team made the postseason in both of Brown’s season as an assistant.

Brown joins a long list of names receiving consideration for the Pacers’ opening, which includes a blend of experienced assistants, ex-head coaches and even a potential first-timer in Chauncey Billups. Additionally, now-former Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni could be an option for Indiana.

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8 thoughts on “Pacers To Interview Mike Brown For Head Coaching Vacancy

  1. Sillivan

    Both Pacers and 76ers want playoffs success
    I think the East is still easier than the West
    Can they beat two of the Nets Heat Celtics and Bucks?
    If not,they don’t meet expectation

    • Sillivan

      If the teams are 4-5 seed they have to beat good teams
      Mike Brown hold the nba record by winning 11 playoffs games in a row 11-0
      Start at game 3

  2. El Don

    If IND is gonna hire Brown, just as well they could have kept McMillan… I mean this guy is a scrub & a retread many times over! C’mon Pacers not only you can do better, but the question is can you do worst?

    • Could it be Mike Brown has learned a few things while working with the Warriors? I don’t know maybe he’s grown in knowledge and how to handle players and all the rest of it? He’s not the same Mike Brown of 10 years ago that’s for sure.

      • x%sure

        Assuming that GSW factor, I would like to see his coaching story continue. At Cleveland he was considered quite confident for a non-jock, maybe arrogant in an educated way (although nobody used those words so I am assuming). Actually he left when Lebron did, leaving fans with a sense he was outcoached in the playoffs.

        So he was hired again in Cleveland after a stint elsewhere, people thinking that he had learned his lesson… but wound up remembering why they were mad at him before!

  3. Sillivan

    IMO
    Playoffs success means pass two rounds of playoffs at least

    Like McMillan and Brett Brown,most coaches will be first round exit,underachieve and overpaid
    Mike Brown and Ty Lue had playoffs success

    • specialfriedrice

      Doc Rivers might disagree

      If by playoff success you meant ‘Lebron’ then I agree.

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