SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento Kings introduced Mike Brown as the team’s new coach Tuesday.
When addressing the media, Brown told reporters that he’s “excited” to be in Sacramento and that the fanbase is “tremendous.”
“I remember back in the day, them damn cowbells used to ring in my ear and used to drive me crazy,” Brown said. “I hope we get back to that point because I would love to hear those cowbells every game.”
Brown was officially announced as the Kings’ new coach on May 9 and is the team’s 21st head coach in the Sacramento era and the 11th since Rick Adelman, who last coached the team to a playoff appearance in 2006.
The Kings are currently in a 16-season playoff drought, an NBA record, and extended that stretch with a 30-52 record this past season.
Brown made his intentions clear Tuesday, saying he came to Sacramento to compete.
“I’m not coming here to ‘Fun,’” Brown said. “I’m coming here to win. So we’re going to embrace anything that’s in front of us that talks about winning.”
Brown also laid out his foundation with three areas for creating a winning culture in Sacramento:
- Vertical and horizontal alignment of trust within the entire organization
- A set of values that is led and upheld by the leadership of the organization
- Everyone in the organization embraces and understands their role
“If those three elements come together at a high level, we’ll have a winning culture here,” Brown said. “A sustainable and long-lasting. Can’t wait to get started.”
Brown previously served as an associate head coach for the Golden State Warriors, who won the NBA Championship after a 4-2 series win over the Boston Celtics in the Finals. It’s Brown’s fourth NBA championship as an assistant coach and third overall with the Warriors.
During the NBA playoffs, Brown was the acting head coach for Game Four of the Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors defeated the Grizzlies 101-98 to a 3-1 lead in the series.
The new Kings coach started his prior position on Steve Kerr’s staff in 2016. Brown has a 347-216 head coaching record in the NBA.