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Why the Kings beat the Warriors shows Mike Brown’s success in building culture

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Mike Brown arrived at the 500 David J Stern Walk in Sacramento on a mission to establish culture.

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He’s been missing within the Kings organization for the better part of two decades, something former Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton recently noticed and vented about. JJ Redick’s Podcast.

“For the first two years of my life I played on a team and an organization with no culture,” said Halliburton. “Be honest.”

Halliburton’s comments were harsh, but they did shed light on some truth.

The team’s culture is built on stability, consistent winning, and a group of players who buy into what the coaching staff and front office preach. The Kings have lacked that in recent years.

The national talking point will always be the record 16-year franchise drought, but it runs deeper than that. Sacramento has seen four different coaches bench over the past five seasons. Diaron Fox, who has All-Star potential, has played under three general managers and four head coaches. The Kings have won more than 31 games only once during Fox’s career.

Brown, who led the Golden State Warriors defense to their fourth championship under Steve Kerr, traveled north to I-80 with a bag full of lessons learned from more than two decades of coaching experience in the NBA.

“Accountability” was a word the Browns used often throughout training camp. He has the entire team sprint if a player misses a free throw attempt after practice. Brown pairs the toughness of the lines with the fun-loving personality he displays Viral shout out to Kings Media Day Or when he “turned on f-king planes” in the process Jogging on the field in practice.

The Kings were able to measure their lead against Brown’s former employer, the defending champion Warriors, three times over their first 12 games. Sacramento found themselves trailing by 26 points in Game 1 but fought back to make it by four points in the final minute. The second encounter ended in a disappointing 116-113 loss, which we will remember The referees missed a foul call by Klay Thompson On Kevin Huerter’s attempt to tie the game with three points in the dying seconds.

The third game was the best for the Kings. The team survived 27 points from Steve Curry and two Furious Warriors in a satisfying 122-115 victory in front of a Golden 1 Center crowd.

The Kings wanted to beat the Warriors for the Browns. This box is finally checked.

“I was relieved,” Domantas-Saponis said after Sunday’s victory. “Same scenario — fourth quarter, we’re up. Finally, we’re done with the game, we’re done with the quarter and we’ve got this [win] for mike. “

“It’s a really good team—a team we hope we can be like one day,” Kevin Huerter said on NBC Sports California after the game. “The way they move the ball, the winning ways they’ve been up until the last eight years. It’s a really good organization there. We’re just trying to build something.” [in Sacramento]. “

Brown observed the Kings’ reaction to dropping his former team.

“They were amazing,” Brown said. “Everyone was patting me on the back. Even the fans, they were so excited. At the end of the day, I’m enjoying the win. I love that these guys felt that way to me. So much love and respect for those guys.”

The positive vibes surrounding the Kings, highlighted by the trade with Huerter, the signing of Malik Monk and the drafting of Keegan Murray, survived an 0-4 start. Since then, Sacramento has won six of its eight games. 500 to 12 contests, something the organization has accomplished only three times over the last 16 seasons.

The newfound winning formula yielded amusing gimmicks highlighting the team’s personality, courtesy of Huerter’s team Alien Halloween costume To the team that continually points Sacramento’s winning beam out of Golden 1 Center to Monk Refuse to play without a band-aid on his face.

“Team Beam”, a.k.a Horter fired the 2022-23 Kings, roll over. And it all started with their new head coach.

Related: Fox jokingly explains why Band-Aid hates the monk’s appearance

“Tell you what. I’m so excited about these guys,” Brown said. “The work they’ve done and the connection that group has. To be able to get a win so early in the year over the champs is a big deal. It’s great for the organization.

“It’s a very big deal to help believe in. A team that really thinks they’re a dangerous weirdos team.”

The 6-6 start is no accident. Aside from a 15-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on October 27, Sacramento had a chance to win every game.

“We’re a team on the road,” Monk said Sunday night. [h/t FOX 40]. “We’re coming. Don’t sleep on us.”

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