Mike Brown is trying to get back into the first chair on the sideline. The Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach recently interviewed with the New York Knicks, who have a head coaching vacancy after letting Jeff Hornacek go.
This comes shortly after the news of assistant Jarron Collins interviewing to become the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. So there is a small chance that Golden State loses two of its assistants this to coaching opportunities, which would bring the tally up to four in Steve Kerr’s short time here. Pretty impressive!
For Brown, it’s an opportunity to prove himself once more. He has had three separate head coaching stints for two different teams, and has had a bit of bad luck along the way. Brown coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-2010, but, when LeBron James became a free agent, the team fired Brown in a futile attempt to keep James around.
Brown then took over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, and, after making the playoffs his first year, was fired just six games into his second season. He joined the Cavs again in 2013, but after one year the team again found themselves trying to look appealing to James, and once again let him go.
After two years off, Brown joined the Warriors staff last season, and took over head coaching duties for large portions of the season during Kerr’s health-related absences.
It’s hard to know if Brown is a strong head coach or if he should be an assistant, but he’s certainly received the short end of the stick in his previous opportunities. We’ll see if New York gives him another shot.