The Indiana Pacers decided to move on from former head coach Nate McMillan after yet another first-round exit in the NBA playoffs. They are currently in need of finding a replacement. Could Golden Warriors assistant Mike Brown be an option?
The last time Brown filled a head coach role was back in 2013-14 when he made his one-year return with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He took a few years off and joined the Warriors’ staff in 2017-17 and has been an assistant with the organization since that period.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers will be interviewing Brown for the team’s head coaching vacancy.
The record Brown has as a head coach is quite impressive considering he has a 347-216 (.616) regular season record. However, it’s difficult to truly gauge that considering he had the luxury of coaching LeBron James in his first stint with the Cavaliers and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers.
During his post-season career, Brown has a 47-36 (.556) record and was the head coach of the 2006-07 Cavaliers team that made it to the NBA Finals. It’s certainly an improvement over the track record McMillan has in these situations, but again, having James and Bryant help.
Being able to be on the Warriors’ certainly has been a valuable opportunity for Mike Brown. He played an important role in Golden State’s sustained success throughout their dynasty and having that knowledge can go a long way in the next head coaching role he takes.
As for the Indiana Pacers, it’s difficult to see the direction they could go with their head coach vacancy. They’ve been linked to all kinds of names but mostly to former Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni in addition to a pool of over a dozen other candidates.
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