Brown believes Kings' resurgent season is ‘top 3' career moment


Mike Brown has been a significant component in the Kings' resurgent 2022-23 NBA season, turning Sacramento's fortunes around in his first season as head coach. 

With the Kings (43-29) currently occupying the No. 3 seed in the competitive Western Conference and on their way to snapping a 16-year NBA playoff drought, Brown was asked where he ranks Sacramento's season among his career accomplishments. 

"It is still a little early to write this," Brown told Ariel Helwani on the first episode of "The Ariel Helwani Basketball Show." "But I will say this: So far, it hasn't been the best -- it definitely has to be in the top two, at minimum top three, and that's mainly from the standpoint that, to be able to feel the vibe with people outside the organization, around town, around the city."

Brown also notes that the Kings' success has had a palpable impact on the city and makes all the team's hard work worth it.

"And to see all their faces, when you get an opportunity to be out and about, the joy that you feel like you were part of bringing to them and how proud they are, it's nothing better, in my opinion, in life, when you can touch somebody you don't know and bring that proudness, that joy to them, that's second to none in terms of feeling like you're trying to accomplish something that's bigger than you," Brown continued. 

"It would be up there, for sure."

After spending time as an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich in San Antonio and Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors, Brown, as a former Coach of the Year Award winner with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009, has helped the Kings succeed where others have failed.

Under Brown's tutelage, Kings center Domantas Sabonis and guard De'Aaron Fox were selected to their third and first All-Star appearances, respectively, and look to be in the running for All-NBA selections at the end of the season. 

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Considering Sacramento's success thus far, many pundits have claimed Brown to be this season's coach of the year.

Still, should the Kings make a deep playoff run with Brown, this season should be one of his top coaching moments moving forward. 

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