Mike Brown is currently in Ohio for the NBA Finals, but there’s no indication that the Golden State Warriors assistant coach is going to make the state his permanent home again. At least not yet.
The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball program is having a tough time in its coaching search to replace Thad Matta. Chris Mack, Fred Hoiberg and Greg McDermott all have declined interest in the job on Twitter within the last 24 hours.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Ohio State’s next move could be to zero in on Brown. The Vertical also reports, though, that the Buckeyes have yet to reach out to gauge his interest.
Another NBA coach on Ohio State's radar, sources tell @TheVertical: Golden State assistant Mike Brown. So far, no contact has been made.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 8, 2017
But the Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State plans to meet with the Warriors assistant.
Brown was head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers on two different occasions. First, he served as head coach from 2005-10. He won 50 games in each of his first two seasons, and, with a very young Cavaliers team, went to the NBA Finals in 2007.
From 2008-10, Cleveland went 127-37 during the regular season but failed to return to the finals. The Cavaliers fired him the same summer LeBron James left for Miami.
Brown resurfaced with the Los Angeles Lakers and led them to a 41-25 mark in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. The Lakers fired him after a 1-4 start in 2012-13. Brown coached the Cavaliers again in 2013-14, going 33-49.
Last fall, Brown joined the coaching staff of the Golden State Warriors and has served as interim head coach on occasion when Steve Kerr has been forced to miss games because of health concerns. Brown owns a .616 winning percentage as a head coach in the NBA, but he’s never run a college basketball program.