The LA Clippers are on the search for their next head coach, and while this name has been linked to the job already, a new report makes it sound like Mike Brown may have a good shot of landing it.
Brown interviewed with the Clippers and made a “strong impression” and is an “emerging candidate,” according to the New York Times’ Mark Stein Saturday.
Latest buzz in NBA coaching circles: Golden State's Mike Brown made a strong impression on the Clippers in his interview and is an emerging candidate with LA.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 10, 2020
Ty Lue, scheduled to meet with Houston early next week, was widely billed as the early favorite to succeed Doc Rivers
Brown, 50, is pretty well known already in NBA circles, and appears to be one of the most experienced head coaches to have been linked to an interview thus far with the Clippers. Brown was an assistant coach at the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers before landing the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach job in 2005. Brown coached during LeBron James’ first stint in Cleveland, before being fired in 2010, after taking them to the NBA Finals and winning an NBA Coach of the Year award there.
He then became the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach in 2011, replacing Phil Jackson, and it did not go well, as he lasted just over a season there.
Brown was then re-hired by Cleveland in 2013, but the second stint did not go well, and he was fired at the end of the season.
Since 2016, Brown has been associate head coach of the Golden State Warriors, helping them win two NBA titles. So he has experience, and he’s admittedly well-regarded as an assistant across his career.
But this move would surely prove controversial to many Clippers fans if he were hired. The past few years Brown served as a head coach were not impressive at all, and the belief — fair or not — is that LeBron James played a bigger role than Brown in helping lift the Cavaliers out of the doldrums. On top of that, he has a history with the Lakers, and that wasn’t even a successful tenure. And then the top assistant role at Golden State could be something of a poisoned chalice elsewhere — Luke Walton appeared to be a coaching star while on staff there and has not been especially successful as an actual head coach with the Lakers or Sacramento Kings since.
It’s pretty obvious the Clippers are being deliberate with their process of hiring their next head coach, and they should be. The profile we’ve heard so far of people interviewing for the job is young, relatively inexperienced or totally inexperienced at the head coaching level. Brown isn’t old, but he’s got more experience than some of the other candidates who have emerged. Will that get him the job in the end? To be determined, and we’ll keep you posted.