The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) has announced the appointment of Golden State Warriors’ Mike Brown as head coach of D’Tigers.
Mike Brown, assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors will take over from Alex Nwora who qualified D’Tigers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games taking place in Japan later this year.
Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown has been named the head coach of the D’Tigers for the 2020 Olympics.
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Nwora is however expected to remain on the coaching team as assistant coach to Mike Brown as the team prepares for the upcoming Olympic games and Afrobasket qualifiers later in the year.
“I’m honored and humbled that Musa Kida and the Nigerian Basketball Federation have given me this opportunity,” Brown said to ESPN on his appointment.
“The Nigerian Basketball Federation has been very professional and organized throughout the vetting process. They want to continue to build a world-class team and organization on and off the court. I’m excited to have learned that the Federation’s vision is to provide the team with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level. Their commitment will enable the players and coaches to focus our energy on competing at the highest possible level every time we step on the basketball court. We want to make all of Nigeria proud,” Brown added.
During his four year stint as assistant head coach for the Warriors, Golden State won two NBA championships and made the NBA Finals three times. He also once led the Warriors to a 11-0 record during the 2016-17 NBA playoffs while head coach Steve Kerr was absent for health reasons.
Having coached the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the late Kobe Bryant; the 49 year-old comes with vast and high level NBA experience needed to take D’Tigers to the next level and build a world class team capable of competing with the best.