Mike Brown: "Fox-Sabonis duo are top 3"
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The new Sacramento coach Mike Brown, introducing himself, said of the pair De'Aaron Fox-Domantas Sabonis among the best interpreters of the NBA pick and roll: "I would probably put them in the top 3, given Fox's speed and skill in passing.
of Sabonis! " Brown will have the task of returning to the playoffs the franchise that has been absent since 2006. This is why the new coach needs all the enthusiasm and optimism possible.
Mike Brown's career
After spending two years at the Pacers, he was hired in June 2005 as head coach by LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers to replace Brendan Malone: ââthus becoming the second youngest manager in the league after Lawrence Frank of the New Jersey Nets.
On June 2, 2007, Brown's Cavs won the NBA Finals for the first time in their history by defeating the Detroit Pistons. However, they are defeated in four games by his former team, the Spurs. On February 1, 2008, he was appointed coach of the Eastern Conference of the month of January.
In 2009 he was appointed manager of the Eastern Conference All-Star team becoming the second Cavs coach to lead the selection after Lenny Wilkens, who had led it in 1989. On April 24, 2009 Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award after leading the Cavs to a record of 66-16: the best in franchise history.
In 2008–09 and 2009–10 he achieved the best record in the league, but was eliminated in the play-offs. On May 13, 2010, the Cavs are in fact eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Conference semifinals at the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
After this defeat, the Cavs become the first team to win more than 60 games in two consecutive seasons without making it to the NBA Finals. After that he was fired on May 24, 2010. In December 2010 he started working as a columnist for ESPN.
After leaving the Cavs he was assistant coach on his son's middle school team. He was also a coach at Westlake Lee Burneson Middle School in Ohio. He turned down an offer to be an assistant at St. Mary's College in California.
On May 25, 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers surprisingly announced the hiring of Brown (for $ 18.25 million), with a three-year contract with team option for the fourth. He replaces Phil Jackson, who had bid farewell to basketball at the end of the 2010-11 season.
His engagement was made official on May 31, 2011. The Lakers closed a modest season under his leadership: after closing with a budget of 41-25, the team was eliminated in the second round of the play-offs by the Oklahoma City Thunder for 4-1.
On November 9, 2012, he was discharged from his position as manager of the Lakers after a bad start in the 2012-13 season. On April 25, 2013 the Cavs, after having fired Byron Scott, at the end of a somewhat disappointing season, find an agreement, after two years away from Cleveland, with the former coach Brown, who signs a five-year contract for over 20 million dollars.