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Spurs: Popovich's 5 most successful coaching tree proteges

Miguel De Guzman
Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich at the Tokyo Olympics
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4. Mike Brown

Mike Brown started his coaching career in 1997 with the Washington Wizards, where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach. In 2001, he moved to the Spurs bench as one of coach Pop’s assistants and remained there for three years before moving on to another assistant coaching gig with the Pacers. After almost a full decade as an assistant coach, Mike Brown finally got a chance to become the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He manned the helm for half a decade with them and, in every single year during those five seasons, Mike Brown coached his team to a winning record. The Cavs led the league in wins with a record of 66-16 in the 2008-09 season and again the following year with a record of 61-21. The Cavs also became the Eastern Conference champions and earned a spot in the NBA Finals in 2007 where they faced off against the Spurs, a series that ended in a 4-0 sweep for the Popovich-led squad.

After his time with the Cavs, Mike Brown had a short-lived stint manning the helm for the Lakers. In 2013, he returned as the Cavs' head coach for one season but did not enjoy the success he had with the team during his first time there as he had a significantly less talented roster.

He became an assistant coach under Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors in 2016 and stayed with them for six seasons. Most recently, he has been given another chance to be the team’s leader on the bench with the Sacramento Kings and we will see what he can do with a team that has a lot to prove this coming season.