How Brown uses Steph, LeBron, Kobe examples to coach Domas, Fox


A coach's relationship with his players goes a long way, and Mike Brown continues to prove just that in his first season with the Kings. 

His resume speaks for itself, but Brown likes to speak, too. 

Brown has coached all-time greats like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Steph Curry. He's a soon-to-be two-time NBA Coach of the Year, has coached behind legendary coaches like Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, and has been a part of four NBA championship teams. 

And now, in his first year as head coach of the Kings, he’s implementing what he learned over the years and applying it in Sacramento -- specifically with his two All-Stars. 

“He tells us little bits and pieces,” Kings star guard De’Aaron Fox told NBA insider Shams Charania in a recent interview alongside his partner-in-crime Domantas Sabonis. “But just how different they were personality-wise, but still had the same dog, the same approach to the game while also being different. That’s kind of what he wants us to do. 

“Obviously, he doesn’t want us to act the way that they act because we’re all different personally-wise. We all grew up differently so we’re not all going to do the same things. But just being able to approach the game the same way they did and do what made them great.” 

Sabonis already was an All-Star before being traded to Sacramento last season, but his game has elevated all around and he fits in beautifully with Brown's system. 

The Lithuanian big man -- while serving as the engine of the Kings' offense all year -- is averaging 19.2 points on an incredibly efficient 61.2 percent shooting from the field, 12.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists. 

Meanwhile, Fox, who became an All-Star for the first time in his career this season, is averaging 25.3 points on 51.3 shooting from the field, 4.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists. Fourth-quarter Fox leads the NBA in clutch points this season and is the clear frontrunner for the league's new Clutch Player of the Year award. 

Brown's guidance on top of great seasons by Sabonis and Fox has led the Kings to the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference and four games behind the first-place Denver Nuggets. 

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Before Brown arrived in Sacramento, Fox said he had heard stories about him, how strict he is, how he's very discipline-oriented and big on accountability. It was something that excited Fox because he said he hadn't experienced that since he got into the league in 2017. 

A few months later, Fox is getting the full Mike Brown experience and embracing it. Together, they and the Kings are on the verge of making the NBA playoffs for the first time in 17 years. 

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