With the Warriors’ title run out of the way, Mike Brown finally got to have his introductory press conference as the Kings‘ new head coach, writes Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Brown is leaving his spot as associate head coach with the NBA’s latest dynasty to take over a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs in 16 years, and in Tuesday’s session with reporters he charged directly into the challenge that awaits him.
“There ain’t no elephant in the room,” Brown said. “You can speak on it. We’re going to embrace that. I’m not coming here to have fun, be excited, join the area. I’m coming here to win. So we’re going to embrace anything that’s in front of us that talks about winning. So, we look forward to it.”
Although Brown accepted his new job more than six weeks ago, his duties with Golden State prevented from formally joining the Kings until this week. He said he has already talked to all his new players and staff members, some on Zoom and some in person, and expressed optimism about the talent that he’s inheriting.
“The potential here, I truly believe the potential is off the charts,” Brown said. “It gets me excited thinking about it. … The players here, I’m excited about. There’s just a lot of opportunity here for this place to explode, and I want to be a part of it.”
There’s more from Sacramento:
- In an interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic, Brown said he dealt mainly with general manager Monte McNair and assistant GM Wes Wilcox during the hiring process. Brown, who previously worked with Wilcox in Cleveland, said the working relationship with those front office officials is vital to success. “You can go ask (Warriors general manager) Bob Myers,” Brown said. “Throughout my six years with the Warriors, he would ask me, ‘What would be the one thing that you look for if you were to get a head (coaching) job in the future?’ I’d say, ‘The relationship has got to be there with the GM and the head coach.’ ‘If that relationship is not there, you have no chance. You have no shot.”
- Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee examines how McNair’s tenuous hold on his job might affect the team’s approach to draft day.
- The Kings’ decision on the No. 4 pick will likely go “right down to the wire,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on the network’s Mock Draft Special (video link). Purdue guard Jaden Ivey may be the best player available, but he doesn’t fit a need in Sacramento, so Wojnarowski expects the team to consider trade offers while it’s on the clock.
8 thoughts on “Kings Notes: Brown, McNair, Draft Strategy”
Trade value Scale of 10
4th pick 8
John Collins 4
Barnes would be more like a 6.5. He can space the floor, has a decent iso game, he adequately defend two positions, doesn’t need the ball to make things happen and is on an expiring deal which is now at market value.
You forgot one thing.
Barnes is world champion and can teach Hawks how to win it all.
Count on the KINGS to screw this up, yet again.
So mike.honcho, who is your 1st draft pick or trade? Something tells me it will be worse than what Kings actually do. I bet Anjali could do a better job than you.
Barnes age/ games logged is why his value in this scale would be lower such as the 2 given. If the kings can swing a trade for collins without the pick and without next years 1 ( unless lottery Protected) I say make it happen. I have this weird feeling that somehow holmgren falls to 4 and things get weird. I say why not make this offer , ahem. Kings trade the 4th , Barnes maybe something else of some value to Indiana for the 6th pick and … wait for it…. TYRESE HALIBURTON! Why not offer that and see if Indiana actually says no. They want Ivey bad and he’s a local guy.. just sayin. Can you imagine if that actually happened ?? What would kings fans do with themselves?? They couldn’t Bi*ch about that trade last year anymore but let’s be honest, kings fans will find a way to get mad at someone because that’s what kings fans do. I live here in sac and I’ve come to the conclusion that all this city does is lose and whine . Sorry. I’m not really sorry because the truth hurts and well.. that’s the truth. Maybe they can find a way to bring Jon Salmons back somehow out of retirement !
The Kings haven’t made the playoffs in nearly 2 decades. The fans can be as mad as they want to be.
true enough…good point lol