Filling in for Steve Kerr during the Warriors' run to the NBA Finals has naturally made Mike Brown think about becoming a full-time head coach again, but he's in no hurry to make his next move.
Brown told reporters Friday he would indeed "eventually" like to return to the head coaching ranks after previous stints running the Cavaliers (twice) and Lakers.
“I think almost everybody that coaches in this league, at some point, whether they’ve done it or not, wants the opportunity again," Brown said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. But it’s not something I’m necessarily thinking about. If it happens, it happens. I feel like one of my attributes is being patient. If it works out, great. If it doesn’t, I’m enjoying it here.”
Brown reinforced that final notion with a succinct response when asked if there were head coaching jobs he'd decline in order to stay on Kerr's staff: "Yes."
The 47-year-old is 10-0 since stepping in for the ailing Kerr two games into the playoffs. Obviously he has abundant talent at his disposal, and Kerr has remained heavily involved even if he isn't on the bench.
But Brown, the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year, has quite a track record of his own — something easily forgotten after his disappointing second stint in Cleveland. That 33-49 showing in 2013-14 marks the only time in seven seasons as a head coach that he failed to make the playoffs (and win at least one series once he got there).
All told, Brown has won 61.6 percent of his regular-season games as an NBA head coach. Sometime in the next year or two, he should at least have the opportunity to tell another suitor no, if he so chooses.