At least one member of the Warriors is following Mike Brown to Sacramento.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania, citing sources, reported that Leandro Barbosa, who had been serving as a player development coach for the Warriors the past two seasons, will be an assistant coach for the Kings under Brown.
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As Brown – who was hired as the Kings’ new coach after serving as Steve Kerr’s top assistant in Golden State since 2016 – fills out his coaching staff, he turned to someone he was familiar with in Barbosa.
Barbosa spent two seasons toward the tail end of his career with the Warriors, winning a championship in 2015. He averaged 7.1 points per game in his first season and 6.4 points per game in his second year in Golden State, serving as a pivotal bench player.
Dubbed the “Brazilian Blur,” Barbosa entered the coaching ranks with the Warriors after retiring in 2020.
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He’ll reportedly receive a bigger role as an assistant on the Kings, as he and Brown will look to bring over some of the winning culture they experienced with the Warriors.