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Mike Brown to coach Warriors on same day of landing Kings job

Mike Brown in a suit and tie

May 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown during the third quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Brown had a very eventful Monday, to say the least.

Brown was officially named the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Just hours later, he learned he would be stepping in as acting coach of the Golden State Warriors after Steve Kerr tested positive for COVID-19. Brown has coached the Warriors in the playoffs before, having gone a perfect 13-0 in the 2017 season while Kerr was dealing with back problems.

Brown’s status also prompted plenty of jokes. Plenty of people noted Brown’s dual status as coach of the Warriors and Kings. Others used it as an opportunity to take a jab at the Kings, who have not reached the playoffs since 2006.

No, a Brown win would not count for the Kings. They’d probably enjoy it all the same, though. This is an organization that really has not had any fun for the last 15 years. At least they could hold on to this.

Kings make decision on new head coach

Mike Brown in a suit and tie

May 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown during the third quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Brown is getting another shot as a head coach.

The Sacramento Kings are hiring Brown to be their next head coach, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on Sunday.

The Kings were also considering Mark Jackson and Steve Clifford for the job. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly favored Jackson too, but the front office apparently preferred Brown and got their way.

This will be Brown’s fourth head coaching job. He coached the Cavaliers over two separate stints and the Lakers in between. The 52-year-old coached LeBron James during James’ first stint in Cleveland. The team enjoyed success and reached the NBA Finals in Brown’s second season. He was let go by Cleveland after James’ final season with the team in an effort to convince James to stay. James ended up leaving anyway.

Brown was fired in 2012 after five games into his second season with the Lakers. He was fired by the Cavs after just one season in his second stint with the team.

Brown has served as an assistant coach with the Warriors since 2016. He will look to bring some success to a Kings franchise that has not made the playoffs since 2006. No Kings head coach has lasted longer in the job than three seasons since Rick Adelman, who coached them from 1998-2006.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly has interesting preferred coach

Vivek Ranadive smiling

October 29, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive celebrates during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 95-77. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Since Vivek Ranadive became the owner of the Sacramento Kings in 2013, the team has cycled through six different head coaches (including interims). Now Ranadive will be hoping that the seventh time is the charm.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported this week that Ranadive has an interesting preferred candidate to become the team’s next coach — ESPN’s Mark Jackson. Fischer notes that Jackson, the ex-Golden State Warriors coach, has long been a Ranadive favorite. Ranadive used to be a co-owner and vice chairman of the Warriors before he bought the Kings and during Jackson’s time in Golden State. Fischer also says that Ranadive urged the Kings front office to consider hiring Jackson as the team’s associate head coach in 2020 (a position that ultimately went to Alvin Gentry instead).

The 57-year-old Jackson has not coached since being fired by the Warriors in 2014. But he was recently named a finalist for the Kings head coaching job, along with a couple of other well-known names.

Ranadive’s endorsement of Jackson might come with some skepticism since Ranadive has been criticized in the past for his supposed meddling and has overseen exactly zero winning seasons since becoming owner of the Kings. But his backing certainly matters for Jackson, who appears to be closing in on a once-far-fetched return to the NBA.

Notable Basketball Hall of Famer leaving Kings organization

Vivek Ranadive smiling

October 29, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive celebrates during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 95-77. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

One prominent figure in the Sacramento Kings organization will not be sticking around to see who the team hires as their next head coach.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the Kings chief strategy officer, will be leaving the team. Dumars is departing to become the NBA’s Executive Vice President Head of Basketball Operations.

The 58-year-old Dumars is best known for his stint as a player and later as the president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. He joined the Kings in 2019, serving as a special advisor and then as interim executive VP of basketball operations before becoming chief strategy officer.

Dumars’ departure adds to what has already been an offseason of overhaul for the Kings, who just posted their 16th straight losing season. Rest assured though, they may end up bringing in another notable NBA name to be their next coach.

Mark Jackson is reportedly finalist for 1 NBA head coaching job

Mark Jackson in a suit

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It may be time to fire up the classic ’90s hit “Return of the Mark.”

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Saturday that ex-Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has emerged as a finalist for the Sacramento Kings head coaching job.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that current Warriors assistant Mike Brown and Brooklyn Nets consultant Steve Clifford are finalists for the Kings job as well.

The Kings are looking for a new head coach after they fired Luke Walton and decided not to keep interim Alvin Gentry. They went 30-52 this season and have a decent (though unspectacular) young core headlined by De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.

Jackson is the most intriguing name of the aforementioned finalists. Though Jackson has not coached since 2014, a job with the Kings would put him less than 100 miles away from where he used to coach the Warriors and would also reunite him with former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes. Granted, Sacramento might not be the only job that Jackson has to choose from.

Mike D’Antoni will reportedly interview for 1 head coach position

Mike D'Antoni smiling

Dec 29, 2019; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni reacts during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Mike D’Antoni is once again in the running for an NBA head coaching position.

D’Antoni will interview for the vacant Sacramento Kings head coaching job, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Former Golden State Warriors coach and current ESPN commentator Mark Jackson will also speak to the Kings about the job.

The Kings are certainly eyeing experience here, at least based on these names. Jackson and D’Antoni have both been head coaches before. D’Antoni is the more prominent name, as he has a long track record of success with both the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. He spent last season working as a coaching advisor for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Several other experienced names have been linked to the Sacramento opening, though D’Antoni’s name keeps coming up. There is clearly some level of mutual interest at this stage, though the Kings’ search does not appear close to its conclusion.

George Karl fires back at DeMarcus Cousins over criticism

George Karl on the sideline

Mar 15, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl reacts during an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Lakers 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

George Karl coached DeMarcus Cousins for a brief time with the Sacramento Kings, and the former coach did not appreciate the recent comments Cousins made about the franchise.

In an interview with Marc J. Spears that was published on Monday, Cousins said one of his career regrets is not skipping his pre-draft workout with the Kings. The veteran big man wishes he snubbed Sacramento prior to the 2010 NBA Draft to discourage them from picking him. Why? Cousins says the Kings are a losing franchise who “sucked” before he got there, when he was there, and after he left.

Cousins spoke about how many different coaches he had during his time in Sacramento. He also asked what team ever did for him. Karl provided an answer to that question.

Karl and Cousins did not get along during their time together with the Kings. It was obvious that Karl wanted nothing to do with the four-time All-Star. The two have not smoothed things over since, and this is not the first time Karl has thrown shade at Cousins publicly.

Cousins is certainly right that the Kings have been a losing franchise for a long time. You can understand why he feels like a portion of his career was wasted in Sacramento.

DeMarcus Cousins offers harsh comments about former team

DeMarcus Cousins smiling

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins offered some extremely harsh comments about one of his former teams.

Cousins is currently with the Denver Nuggets, which is the second team for whom he has played this season (Milwaukee was the other). Cousins also played for two seasons before that.

Even though he is now on his seventh team, there was a time when Cousins was a franchise player. That was a while ago.

From 2010-2017, Cousins was a center for the Sacramento Kings, averaging double-doubles and making 3 All-Star Games. But Cousins also faced criticism and disciplinary issues while in Sacramento and eventually was traded to the Pelicans.

It’s safe to say that there is no love lost between Cousins and his first NBA team.

In an interview with Marc J. Spears published on Monday, Cousins said if he could re-do one thing in his career, it would have been skipping his pre-draft workout for the Kings so they wouldn’t have drafted him.

“I would’ve skipped my draft workout [in Sacramento],” Cousins told Spears when asked what he would have done differently in his career.

Cousins offered more harsh opinions on the Kings.

“They sucked before I got there. They sucked when I was there. They sucked after I left,” he said of the Kings.

Sacramento has struggled since their strong teams around the 2000s under Rick Adelman. They haven’t made the playoffs since the 2005-2006 season, so it’s not like Cousins is wrong. There was also acrimony between Cousins and the Kings by the time his tenure with the team ended, which is part of the reason he dislikes them so much.

Sacramento cycled through different owners, general managers, and coaches during Cousins’ time there. They have continued to make curious moves, like firing Michael Malone and Dave Joerger as head coaches.

Cousins’ career went downhill after leaving Sacramento, but that’s because he tore his Achilles’ tendon, which led to other leg injuries. He has found a nice home in Denver. Even if he’s a bench player now, the 31-year-old center is probably happy to no longer deal with the Sacramento dysfunction.

Mark Jackson could get another shot as NBA coach?

Mark Jackson in a suit

It has been nearly a decade now since Mark Jackson last coached in the NBA, but it may not be too late for him to pull a Tony LaRussa.

The former Golden State Warriors coach Jackson was mentioned by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday as a person expected to be considered for the Sacramento Kings head coaching vacancy. The Kings are looking for a new coach after deciding not to bring back interim coach Alvin Gentry.

The 57-year-old Jackson has maintained that he would still like to coach in the NBA. However, several years have passed since Jackson was actually mentioned in connection with a job. The last time appears to have been in 2019 with this notable team.

Jackson coached the Warriors from 2011 to 2014 and led them from 23 wins and the lottery to 51 wins and the playoffs within two seasons. He was fired after his third season with the team however, and unsavory details emerged afterwards about his time in Golden State.

Since then, Jackson has become entrenched as a mainstay in ESPN’s NBA broadcast booth along with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy. While several other candidates are also expected to draw consideration, a job with the cartoonish Kings may pose Jackson’s best chance of getting back in the league again.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

Kings eyeing two-time Coach of the Year as Alvin Gentry replacement?

Alvin Gentry smiles during a game

The Sacramento Kings on Monday informed interim head coach Alvin Gentry that he will not be retained, and they are planning to conduct an extensive search for his replacement. One of the biggest names that is reportedly on Sacramento’s list is Mike D’Antoni.

NBA reporter Marc Stein said Monday that D’Antoni is among the veterans who are being considered for the Kings job. Others include Terry Stotts, Mike Brown and Steve Clifford. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided a few more names.

Of all those potential candidates, D’Antoni may be the most intriguing. The 70-year-old worked as an advisor for the New Orleans Pelicans and their head coach Willie Green this season, but he hinted a few months back at a potential return to coaching.

D’Antoni was last the head coach of the Houston Rockets two years ago. He worked as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets last season before moving to an advisor position in New Orleans. He was a finalist for one job last summer, so it is not as if he has walked away from the game by any means.

D’Antoni was named NBA Coach of the Year with the Phoenix Suns in 2005 and Houston Rockets in 2017. The Kings are coming off a 30-52 season and have not made the playoffs since 2006. You can understand why they might want someone with a resume as impressive as D’Antoni’s.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry smiles in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports