Warriors’ Mike Brown on coaching LeBron James & James joining Lakers

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LAS VEGAS – Nothing could disrupt Mike Brown’s state of relaxation.

The Warriors’ assistant coach just returned from France after attending a friend’s wedding. Only a month ago, Brown won his second consecutive NBA championship with the Warriors. And he spent Monday watching his son, Elijah, playing in the Warriors’ summer-league loss on Dallas.

Nothing could rattle Brown, not even the NBA’s frenetic free agency period that included LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I don’t really think it does anything for us. No matter where he is or no matter what anybody else does, everybody gets up and plays us,” Brown told Bay Area News Group. “Everybody is gunning for us. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Lakers and LeBron, the Clippers or whoever else. It’s going to be a dog fight. I don’t know if it does anything for us as a team.”

Is that because the Warriors now have five All-Stars after acquiring DeMarcus Cousins?

“Yes,” Brown said, laughing.

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Brown will soon work with the Warriors’ four other All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. While all those players will participate a minicamp here for the U.S. Men’s national team from July 25-27, Brown will serve as one of the assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich.

Before then, Brown sounded deferential on speaking with Lakers coach Luke Walton about James after coaching him during most of his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-2010).

“If Luke asks me, I’ll give him my perspective. He’s a fantastic individual and extremely smart basketball player,” Brown said about James. “He knows the game inside and out on both ends of the floor. Luke should feel extremely lucky, blessed and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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