Stepping into Steve Kerr’s rather large shoes, Warriors interim coach Mike Brown has done an excellent job leading Golden State this postseason. Under Brown’s guidance, the Warriors set an NBA record by going 12-0 in the playoffs and are now up 1-0 in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brown’s success with the Warriors isn’t too surprising since Golden State is extremely talented, and Kerr has them operating like a finely-tuned machine. Yet Brown’s lack of success at his previous stops in Los Angeles and his second go-around in Cleveland hurt his reputation a bit, and it wasn’t guaranteed that he could guide the Warriors to the Finals. But Brown has proved any misgivings about his coaching ability to be false and is now seeking redemption of sorts against the Cavs, the team that last fired him.
However, you won’t hear Brown speaking ill of the Cavs at all. And that may be because Cleveland is still paying him handsomely and will continue to do so until 2020.