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On this file picture taken on December 13, 2022 head coach Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings reacts through the first quarter towards the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Middle.  (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

LOS ANGELES–Sacramento’s Mike Brown was named the NBA Coach of the Yr on Wednesday, changing into the primary unanimous winner of the award after guiding the Kings again to the playoffs.

Brown additionally received the award in 2009 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, guiding a crew that received 66 video games as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Beneficial Participant.

He was sacked by the Cavaliers one 12 months later, ultimately touchdown briefly with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In his first 12 months on the helm in Sacramento he rotated a franchise whose 17-year playoff drought was the longest in NBA historical past and the longest energetic drought in main US professional sports activities.

The 53-year-old acquired 100 out of 100 potential first-placed votes, a primary in balloting for the award.

Brown arrived in Sacramento after six seasons as an assistant to Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors — simply up the highway in San Francisco.

“These honors don’t come round usually, so that you’re very appreciative of them,” Brown mentioned throughout an interview on broadcaster TNT’s program saying the award.

Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings celebrates making a three-pointer towards the Golden State Warriors through the fourth quarter in Recreation One of many Western Convention First Spherical Playoffs on the Golden 1 Middle on April 15, 2023 in Sacramento, California.. Loren Elliott/Getty Photos/AFP

Lengthy identified for prioritizing protection, Brown developed the younger Kings crew into an offensive drive.

The Kings led the league in scoring with a median of 120.7 factors per sport within the common season.

They have been second in area purpose share at 49.4 and third in assists per sport at 27.3

Their 48-34 file is an 18-game enchancment on final season, after they completed 30-52.

Now the Kings are up 2-0 of their first-round playoff collection towards the reigning champion Warriors after profitable the primary two video games on their house ground.

Brown claimed the award forward of Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder coach Mark Daigneault, who led his rebuilding membership to a 40-42 file and a play-in berth, and Boston Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla.

Mazzulla, at 34 the youngest energetic head coach within the NBA, led Boston to the second-best file within the NBA after he was thrust into the job days earlier than coaching camp when Ime Udoka was abruptly suspended for violating crew guidelines.

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