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Mike Brown will be patient, selective when it comes to next head coaching job

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Mike Brown will be patient, selective when it comes to next head coaching job

Mike Brown is in his second year as an assistant coach with the Warriors.

He isn't going to be on Steve Kerr's staff forever.

This week, he was the guest on the Warriors Insider Podcast with Monte Poole, and was asked about his future.

How patient will he be in terms of wanting to get another shot as a head coach?

"For me, it's fairly easy to be patient," Brown answered. "Part of it is, I feel like I don't ever get too high or too low ... I try to stay as even-keeled as possible ... yes, someday I would like to be a head coach again, but the thing that helps me out more than anything else is this organization.

"I think if I was with a different group, a different organization, maybe if we weren't winning at the level we are winning at or at least the potential to win at the level that we have -- maybe I'd be champing at the bit."

Brown was the head coach of the Cavs for five seasons from 2005 to 2010, and was named Coach of the Year in 2008-09.

He coached the Lakers in 2011-12 and was fired five games into the 2012-13 season.

He returned to Cleveland for the 2013-14 season but was fired after a 33-49 campaign.

The good news for Brown -- he signed a five-year deal worth over $20 million, and as ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported last June:

When Brown was fired in May 2014, a provision in the contract spread the payments out over the next six years.

Brown will get all the money guaranteed him, with the amount he’s paid as part of his Golden State Warriors contract being deducted, and the Cavs pay the balance.

Is Brown willing to be selective when it comes to taking another head coaching gig?

"Yes I am. One of the things that I look at more than anything else -- there are only so many teams that truly have an opportunity to win it each year ... from there, you gotta look at the makeup of the team, the direction of the team.

"When it comes to being selective, it's not necessarily about going to a team that's a winning team or that has a winning record. The most important thing -- at least what I've seen in winning organizations -- is that there's a connection between the front office and the coaching staff; more importantly the general manager and the head coach."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

San Francisco brewing company releases 'LeBron Tears' IPA

San Francisco brewing company releases 'LeBron Tears' IPA

San Francisco's Barebottle Brewing Company is adding insult to injury after the Warriors swept the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Finals. 

Warriors fans can now drink the sadness of LeBron James and the Cavs. Kind of. 

On Saturday, Barebottle announced they have released a new IPA named "LeBron Tears." Here's how they describe the hazy IPA:

Little known fact: KD, Steph, and Klay take opposing teams' hopes and dreams, and turn them into soul crushing 3-pointers. We took the tears from Sir James' Game 1 loss and distilled them into a hazy IPA, just for you. We also decided that Tears pair well with Mosaic hops. Sad!

The Warriors won Game 1 in overtime, 124-114. The game was tied after regulation with J.R. Smith grabbing a missed free throw with 4.7 seconds and ran out the clock by dribbling away from the hoop. 

James scored 51 points with eight assists and eight rebounds in the loss. The Warriors have now beat James and the Cavs three out of the last four years in the Finals. 

LiAngelo Ball works out with Warriors: 'I feel like I'm ready'

LiAngelo Ball works out with Warriors: 'I feel like I'm ready'

OAKLAND -- The second of the three breathlessly publicized Ball brothers worked out for the Warriors on Friday and did so in shoes unaffiliated with the family brand.

LiAngelo Ball wore Nikes.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward nonetheless made it through nearly two hours of drills, joining five other draft hopefuls under the supervision of Warriors officials at the team’s Oakland facility.

The Warriors have one pick in next Thursday’s draft, 28th overall. Ball, 19, is considered a second-round pick, at best.

“I feel pretty good going into the draft,” Ball said. “I feel like I’m going to get drafted. I feel I could produce for a team.

“But if I don’t, then it’s going to be the G-League or just go as a free agent and join a Summer League team or something like that.”

Scouts consider Ball a better shooter than his older brother, Lonzo, who was drafted second overall by the Lakers last June. The third Ball brother, LaMelo, 16, is playing in the Junior Basketball Association, a creation of LaVar Ball, the bombastic family patriarch and proprietor of Big Baller Brand apparel.

LiAngelo Ball lasted one game at UCLA last year. He was suspended after a shoplifting arrest in China in November and withdrew from UCLA a month later.

He wound up, at the request of his father, playing professionally for Vytautas Prienu in Lithuania, where he averaged 12.6 points, with 41.5 percent shooting, in 14 games. The time in Europe, Ball says, served to enhance his overall game.

“It wouldn’t have been where I’m at right now, because going overseas helped more, in my opinion,” he said. “In college, I didn’t get the kind of playing time that I thought I’d get. When I went overseas, I was able to develop better.”

Ball concedes his ball-handling needs work. Scout like his shooting and athleticism but have found him indifferent about passing and defending. He has less than a week to make an impression before the draft on Thursday.

“I feel like I’m ready,” Ball said. “I’ve been training for this since a young age. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so when the time comes I’m ready for it.”