Every year, the National Basketball Coaches Association votes and recognizes one of their own as Coach of the Year. This year, that man is first year Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown. Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mark Daigneault (OKC), Joe Mazzulla (BOS), and Tom Thibodeau (NYK) also received votes.
NBCA President and Pacers Head Coach Rick Carlisle had this to say:
“Congratulations to Mike Brown on one of the greatest coaching jobs we’ve ever seen in this league. He completely changed the attitude and vibe of the Kings franchise and fan base, launching them into an amazing new era of success.”
Mike Brown led the Kings to their first playoff appearance in 17 years in just his first season as Head Coach. He is the only Sacramento-era Kings coach aside from Rick Adelman to win more than 40 games in a season, with the Kings finishing 48-34 (an 18 game improvement on the prior year) and winning the Pacific Division title for just the third time in their history.
Coach Brown released the following statement upon receipt of the award:
“Receiving this award from my peers is especially meaningful and an honor that I truly embrace. We have an incredible group of head coaches in the NBA, all of whom deserve to be recognized for their leadership as they execute their craft at the highest level every day. This award is incredibly special in my first year with the Kings. It is a reflection of the caliber of men that Monte McNair and Wes Wilcox have assembled and who I have absolutely loved coaching. I also want to recognize our medical staff, who have been an integral ingredient to our success and worked tirelessly to maximize our players’ health throughout the year. Additionally, our coaching staff has been invaluable in supporting our organization and working with my obsession for perfection. Lastly, this recognition is especially meaningful to me because it honors the legacy of Michael Goldberg – a personal friend who worked tirelessly for NBA coaches, always doing so with integrity and class.”
Note that this is different than the NBA’s official Coach of the Year award, which will be announced later during the 2023 NBA Playoffs and is voted on by media members. Brown is heavily favored to win that award as well.