Mike Brown seems pretty happy in his role as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. But that doesn’t mean he’s content staying there.
Then again, it doesn’t not mean it, either. Only time will tell. But for now, we have a report - that Brown could be a candidate for the open head coach job at UCLA.
Another name I just heard as a potential UCLA coaching candidate: Mike Brown.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) December 31, 2018
The Bruins fired coach Steve Alford last week, and will move forward with Murray Bartow at the helm as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. In the offseason, they’ll hire their next head coach. While the school has struggled in recent years, they remain a high-profile job, due to their history, location, and conference.
And assisting with the hiring process? None other than Warriors General Manager Bob Myers, a former UCLA player. On the one hand, Myers surely is in a great position to recommend Brown for the job; on the other hand, he probably doesn’t want to.
Brown was recently on 95.7 The Game, where he was asked about the rumor - and while he didn’t explicitly shoot it down, he certainly made it sound like it’s not something on his radar.
“I love the Bay Area here - this is the best job I think I’ve ever had in my life,” Brown said, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “I love working for Bob, I love working for Steve [Kerr]. . . We have a chance to win every year. And I just bought a place in the city. So there’s no way I can leave that. I’ve got to live it first, and live that new Chase Center next year.”
It doesn’t sound like Brown is going anywhere, but then again, you really never know.
Brown is in his third year as an assistant with the Warriors. Prior to that he was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for six seasons (over two stints) and the Los Angeles Lakers for parts of two years. He also served as an assistant for the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, and Washington Wizards.
He has no experience coaching in college.