The Indiana Pacers are searching for a coach to replace Nate McMillan after the team was swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat. That search has a new candidates in Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Another candidate interviewing for the Indiana Pacers coaching job, sources tell ESPN: Golden State assistant Mike Brown.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2020
You’ll remember Brown for his time as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the years leading up to LeBron James’ first departure to the Heat. Brown was coach of the Cavs from 2005-10 before The Decision. He took over for Phil Jackson as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, though that stint was short-lived. That Lakers team acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to go with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. The All-Star group struggled early on and Brown was fired swiftly after five games into the 2012-13 season.
Brown went back to the Cavaliers as a replacement for Byron Scott in 2013, but only lasted one season with Cleveland before being fired again. He landed with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant to Steve Kerr in 2016, replacing Luke Walton. Brown would go on to help lead the Dubs to two championships in his time, defeating the superstar he coached in LeBron James. Brown has a ton of experience and knows what it takes to win a ship. He would be a fine addition for the Pacers.