Coach Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings has been named the 2023 Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA). In his first year with the team, Coach Brown has made significant improvements, leading the Kings to their first playoff berth since 2006 and their first Pacific Division title since 2003. Brown’s achievements have been recognized by the NBCA, who have commended his efforts in changing the attitude and vibe of the Kings franchise and fan base.
NBCA President and Indiana Pacers Head Coach, Rick Carlisle, issued a statement congratulating Coach Brown on his incredible work. Carlisle expressed his admiration for Brown’s coaching job, stating that it was one of the greatest he had ever seen in the league. Brown’s success is evident, and he has launched the Kings into a new era of success.
The Kings had an outstanding season under Coach Brown, finishing with a record of 48-34, an 18-game improvement over the previous year. The Kings’ improvement has ended the longest playoff drought in NBA history and the longest active non-playoff streak in North American professional sports. Additionally, the Kings finished the regular season with a 25-16 record on the road.
One of the notable achievements of the Kings under Brown’s leadership is their league-leading scoring average of 120.7 points per game. The team also had the highest single-season offensive rating at 118.6, which is the highest rating in the league to date. The NBCA highlighted the top ten categories in which the Kings rank highly, including offensive efficiency, actual shooting percentage, field goal percentage, assists, and assist ratio.
Coach Brown expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating that receiving the award from his peers was meaningful and an honour he truly embraced. Brown acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the Kings’ medical staff, coaching staff, and players, who contributed to the team’s success. He also recognized Michael Goldberg’s legacy, a personal friend who worked tirelessly for NBA coaches, always doing so with integrity and class.
In conclusion, Coach Mike Brown’s coaching job for the Sacramento Kings has been outstanding, and he has been recognized as the 2023 Coach of the Year by the NBCA. Brown’s leadership has transformed the Kings’ franchise, leading them to their first playoff berth since 2006, their first Pacific Division title since 2003, and their highest scoring average and offensive rating in the league. Brown’s success reflects the hard work and dedication of the Kings’ medical staff, coaching staff, and players. The award is also a tribute to Michael Goldberg’s legacy, who tirelessly worked for NBA coaches with integrity and class.