Steve Kerr Says “We’re Going To Miss Mike” In Interview With The Athletic

Aug 3, 2022, 10:05 AM

Steve Kerr and Mike Brown on the sidelines....

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 23: Head coach of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr (left) talks to assistant coach Mike Brown at ORACLE Arena on December 23, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors will have big defensive shoes to fill this upcoming season.

During the off-season, the Sacramento Kings hired Mike Brown to become the team’s new head coach. The Kings have not made the playoffs since 2006 and have seen 12 coaches since that time.

Since 2016, Brown has only known winning. As a member of the Golden State Warriors coaching staff, he won three NBA Championships. In an interview with The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Steve Kerr spoke about changes to his coaching staff and how he’s going to miss Mike Brown.

“Mike and I were perfect for each other because we’re so different. Mike has really covered my blind spots over the years, really complimented me well,” Kerr told The Athletic.

Brown’s defensive mind is what drew the Kings to hire him. Under Brown’s guidance, the Warriors became one of the best defensive teams in the league last season. Kerr told Slater Jama Mahlalela has been promoted to fill Brown’s vacancy. And assistant coach Chris DeMarco, who worked closely with Brown on the defensive side, will likely take on more responsibility for the team’s defense.

“He really has been instrumental in our defensive coordination,” Kerr said. “Him and Mike worked hand and hand. CD has a lot of institutional knowledge and did so much more defensively last season than ever before. So I think he’s ready to take on even more responsibility on that side of the ball. He’ll play a huge role in our game planning.”

Brown wasn’t the only Warriors coach the Kings snatched away.

“I’m really happy for him and Mike both,” Kerr said about the Kings also signing Leandro Barbosa as an assistant coach on Brown’s staff. Barbosa joined the Warriors in 2020, focusing on player development.

“The way this works, you want your young coaches to climb the ladder and advance their careers,” Kerr said. “Sacramento offered LB a significant raise and promotion. He had to take it,” Kerr told The Athletic.



Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Brown shouts to his team during their game against the Phoenix Sun...

Brenden Nunes

Coach Mike Brown explains increasing the physicality on both ends

Mike Brown, head coach of the Sacramento Kings, spoke about improving the physicality on both ends after day two of training camp.

4 hours ago

Chris Duarte #3 of the Indiana Pacers reacts in front of his bench after scoring in the first half ...

Brenden Nunes

Chris Duarte is healthy and ready to contribute to the Sacramento Kings

Chris Duarte, heading into his first season as a member of the Sacramento Kings, is healthy and ready to find a way to contribute.

7 hours ago

Kevin Huerter talks at Kings media day....

Joseph Jarosz

Kings’ Kevin Huerter says last year’s playoff loss is ‘fuel for this year’s motivation’

At Kings media day Monday, guard Kevin Huerter discussed how he spent his summer and what his expectations are for this season.

1 day ago

Chris Paul #3 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a picture during the Warriors' media day on Oc...

Joseph Jarosz

Steve Kerr announces Chris Paul will be in preseason opener starting lineup

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr announced Tuesday that Chris Paul will be in the starting lineup for Saturday's preseason game.

1 day ago

JaVale McGee #00 of the Sacramento Kings poses for a photo at Sacramento Kings Practice Facility on...

Brenden Nunes

New Sacramento Kings players recap their first day of training camp

Two new additions to the Sacramento Kings, JaVale McGee and Sasha Vezenkov, spoke with media following day one of training camp.

1 day ago

Alex Len #25 of the Sacramento Kings reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half ...

Brenden Nunes

Alex Len says the Sacramento Kings have “unfinished business”

Alex Len, who returned to the Sacramento Kings on a one-year deal, spoke at media day on Monday. He said re-signing was an easy decision.

1 day ago

Steve Kerr Says “We’re Going To Miss Mike” In Interview With The Athletic