Mike Brown's Chase Center scooter commute is a joy to Warriors assistant coach


Mike Brown's Chase Center scooter commute is a joy to Warriors assistant coach

Mike Brown lives a few minutes from Chase Center, an easy walk to work.

He decided he’d rather go in style.

The Warriors assistant coach bought a battery-charged scooter with a top speed of about 30 mph. It has a bright headlight, a tail light and a clip-on cell-phone holder, and it folds for easy storage. He proudly parks his scooter in the Chase Center garage, next to the players’ Porsches and BMWs.

Brown's two sons inspired the purchase. They use rental scooters that you can locate around San Francisco via an app, but they discovered it can be hard to find them in their neighborhood. So, at the end of July, Mike bought two scooters for them, and he decided he wanted to give it a try, too.

“I took one out and I had so much fun,” Brown said ahead of the Warriors' Saturday night debut in their new arena. “I don’t just ride it to the Chase Center. It’s my mode of transportation around the city. I go to restaurants with my scooter. I go to the grocery store with my scooter.”

The first time he took the scooter out, Brown said, “I must admit, I didn’t have a helmet with me.” A neighbor noticed Brown ready to leave, and she scolded him. He tells the story with a big smile, explaining that he stammered: “Uhh, uhh, uhh, it’s inside. I’ll go get it real quick!” He’s never forgotten his helmet since.

Brown is so in love with his scooter that word has gotten out beyond the Warriors. He talked to Wizards coach Scott Brooks about scooting to work, because Brooks lives close to Capital One Arena in Washington DC.

“I said Scotty, I got these two scooters, you would love them!" Brown said. "I sent him the information, and supposedly he’s going to get a couple scooters in Washington.”

Brooks replied: “I told him, if he will buy me one, I’d use it. I rent them quite a bit. ... My son has convinced me I don’t have to walk everywhere. Jump on one of these scooters. Mike Brown has it right.”

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Riding around town, Brown can tell he’s getting a few double-takes. He said a driver at a red light recognized him -- “I was surprised because I had my sunglasses on, my helmet on, my backpack on” -- and yelled: “COACH BROWN! WHAT’S UP?”

“Usually by the time someone recognizes me, I’m gone,” Brown said.

If you’re curious about the best ways to get to the Chase Center, including for Saturday night's preseason opener against the Lakers, click here.

Thanks to Candace Buckner, the NBA writer for the Washington Post, for help with this story.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 108-100 loss to depleted Pelicans

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 108-100 loss to depleted Pelicans


Coming into town to face an injury-depleted team on the second night of a back-to-back set, the Warriors appeared to be in reasonably good position win their third game of the season.

Instead, they took their 12th defeat – and seventh in a row.

The Warriors, nearly as diminished by injuries, took a tip-to-buzzer 108-100 loss to the Pelicans on Sunday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Four players scored in double figures, led by Eric Paschall’s game-high 30 points, but the Warriors (2-12) were outrebounded and outshot, particularly from the 3-point line by the Pelicans (3-10).

Here are three takeaways from a defeat that saddled the Warriors with their longest losing streak since they dropped eight straight in April 2012:

Defense rests, is burned by triples

The Warriors displayed signs of coming out of their defensive malaise in taking the Celtics down to the wire two nights ago. Outrebounding Boston allowed them to better set up their defense, and the results were encouraging.

That level of defensive aggression and execution didn’t make the trip to New Orleans.

The Warriors were particularly vulnerable defending the 3-point arc.

The Pelicans, who entered as the fifth-best 3-point shooting team the league, took advantage, launching at will. They drained nine triples in the first half, as JJ Redick, one of the more proficient deep shooters in NBA history and undoubtedly on the scouting report, repeatedly got open looks and buried five 3-balls before halftime. He scored a team-high 26 points.

That New Orleans shot 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from deep is clear evidence that any defensive progress displayed by the Warriors two days earlier against a quality opponent went into deep regression against an inferior team.

More points for Paschall

With D’Angelo Russell out of the lineup, the Warriors have an urgent need for scoring. Enter Eric Paschall.

On a night when offense was hard to come by, Paschall kept the Warriors in the game early, with 24 points through the first three quarters, when no other Warrior had more than 11.

Operating both inside and outside, Paschall’s 30 points came on 10-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Playing 35 minutes, he also grabbed seven rebounds.

Paschall now has two games with at least 30 points, four with at least 20 and nine in which he scored in double figures.

The powerfully built rookie is, at this point, the team’s most effective scorer. In effect, he has become the Warriors’ go-to guy.

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Waiting for Jordan

The Warriors drafted Jordan Poole in the first round June believing he had the goods to become their next great deep shooter. His work in the preseason did little to argue against that.

But it’s not happening in the regular season, and this night was the latest in an ever-extending line of futile performances.

Coming off the bench for the second consecutive game, Poole was scoreless over 23 minutes, with 0-of-7 shooting from the field, including 0-of-3 from beyond the arc.

If ever there was a game when his scoring touch was desperately needed – and surely would have made a difference – this was it.

Warriors to use Ky Bowman, Draymond Green in D'Angelo Russell's place

Warriors to use Ky Bowman, Draymond Green in D'Angelo Russell's place

The Warriors got some bad news when D'Angelo Russell's MRI confirmed a sprained right thumb that will keep him out of the lineup for at least two weeks, but their coach actually was a bit relieved.

"I was concerned that it was going to be worse," Steve Kerr told the media Saturday, "so a couple weeks, you know, we can handle. If this had been something more severe, we would have been in some real trouble. So, we'll deal with it and I'm glad it's not worse. We look forward to getting him back, but in the meantime, we've got four games on the road. We've got to figure out a way to hold down the fort."

Golden State will play the first of those four consecutive road games Sunday in New Orleans against the short-handed Pelicans, and Kerr has a plan for how the Warriors will fill the point guard spot in Russell's absence.

"Draymond [Green] will play a lot of point, and Ky [Bowman] will have the ball in his hands quite a bit," Kerr said. "We're down to nine players, and really only two real guards I would say, with Jordan [Poole] and Ky. So our wings are going to have to handle the ball quite a bit, and Draymond is really good in a facilitating role anyway, so Draymond will handle the ball quite a bit."

Bowman, who is on a two-way contract, didn't seem phased by the promotion.

"I just go out there and play my role," Bowman said. "That's scoring, that's defense ... just play my role."

The Warriors didn't expect to rely on Bowman as much as they have in the early part of the season, but they've had to out of necessity with the injuries to Russell, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Despite being a consistent member of the rotation, he conceded that people ask him more about his teammates than his own experience.

"What are the players like, really," Bowman replied when questioned as to what fans ask him. "What is Draymond like. That's what everybody wants to know."

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Perhaps they'll have some different questions for him over the next couple weeks.