Mike Brown praises player who didn’t log any minutes against Nuggets

Feb 15, 2024, 12:52 PM

Head Coach Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings speaks during a press conference before the game agai...

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Mike Brown and the Sacramento Kings were able to head into the NBA’s All-Star break with a 102-98 win over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night.

But in his post-game press conference, the second player Brown singled out with praise didn’t even see a minute of action.

“Mason Jones, we just signed him to a two-way deal. He didn’t play at all tonight [Wednesday] but his impact in the game was huge,” Brown said. “The energy he brought from the bench was phenomenal. Every timeout, before I could even take three steps on the floor, he’s sprinting past me, high-fiving guys, talking to guys during the game. And we have a fairly quiet group, so for him to bring that type of energy was phenomenal.”

Brown went on to say his son Elijah, who’s a video coordinator for the Kings, reached out to his dad to say Mason Jones’ energy could be felt through the TV.

“I know that I felt it, the players felt it and our coaches felt it. So his energy was great for us in a game that we could have easily folded,” Brown said.

Who is Mason Jones?

The Kings signed Jones to a two-way contract earlier this year. As a member of the Stockton Kings, he’s averaged 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in just under 30 minutes a game this season. He also leads the G League in three-point field goal percentage and is in the Top-15 in assists.

Jones went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft but has jumped around the league since then, playing for the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Upcoming schedule for Mike Brown and the Kings

  • NBA All-Star break – February 15-21
  • Thursday, February 22nd – Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs – 7:00 PM PST
  • Sunday, February 25th – Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers – 6:30 PM PST
  • Monday, February 26th – Kings vs. Miami Heat – 7:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday, February 28th – Kings @ Denver Nuggets – 6:00 PM PST
  • Friday, March 1st – Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves – 5:00 PM PST

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