Mike Brown has once more found himself in the running for a head coaching position. The Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach recently interviewed for the head coach position with the Los Angeles Clippers, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Golden State assistant Mike Brown had a head coaching interview with Clippers in recent days, sources tell ESPN. Clippers are meeting with multiple candidates. Assistant Ty Lue is still in a strong position there, per sources. https://t.co/Isu1on587e— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 6, 2020
Brown certainly has a lot of head coaching experience, as he’s been an NBA head coach on three separate occasions: twice with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and once with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He’s spent the last four years as Steve Kerr’s top assistant, and has won two championships against the same Cavs organization that fired him twice. Since joining the Warriors he’s had a few other interviews, including multiple times with the New York Knicks. He also was rumored to be in the running for the UCLA men’s basketball head coach position, and was named the coach of Nigeria’s men’s Olympic team.
It’s clear that Brown is hoping to be an NBA head coach again someday, and the league certainly seems to view him favorably still.
The Clippers are searching for a new coach after parting ways with Doc Rivers following a disappointing second-round exit in the playoffs. LA is hoping to find a coach who can maximize the talents of stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and Brown certainly has experience with superstar talents, having coached LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, and Pau Gasol.
Should Brown get the Clippers job, he would become the third Warriors assistant coach since Kerr took over to earn a head coaching gig, following Luke Walton (Lakers) and Alvin Gentry (New Orleans Pelicans).