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How Warriors’ Mike Brown re-emerged as popular NBA head-coaching candidate — Daily Republic

How Warriors’ Mike Brown re-emerged as popular NBA head-coaching candidate — Daily Republic

By Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors assistant Mike Brown makes sure to bring a notepad and pen to team meetings so that he can jot down whatever head coach Steve Kerr tells the players.

Later, when Brown has some free time, he reviews the specific messaging Kerr chose. This is a routine Brown developed in his first season with Golden State four years ago – not just because he appreciates Kerr’s oration, but because he would someday like to emulate it.

Brown, who accumulated a combined record of 347-216 leading the Cavaliers (2005-10, 2013-14) and Lakers (2011-12), recently re-emerged as a popular candidate for NBA head-coaching vacancies. Within the past several months, he interviewed for openings with the Knicks, Pacers and Clippers.

Though Brown’s sit-downs with executives from New York and Indiana were merely over Zoom, he flew into Los Angeles earlier this month to meet with the Clippers’ brass for a day and a half. After having dinner on a Saturday night with general manager Michael Winger and president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, Brown spent Sunday talking with team owner Steve Ballmer and the rest of the organization’s high-ranking executives.

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WORLD SERIES GAME 2: RAYS 6, DODGERS 4 — POSTGAME NOTES.

The 116th World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
World Series Game Two – Postgame Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas

TAMPA BAY RAYS 6, LOS ANGELES DODGERS 4 (SERIES TIED, 1-1)
First Pitch: 7:08 p.m. CT Game-time Temperature: 81 degrees Tonight’s Attendance: 11,472 Time of Game: 3:40
PITCHING LINES
TAMPA BAY IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes

Blake Snell 4.2 2 2 2 4-0 9 1 0 20 88/49
Nick Anderson (W) 1.1 1 1 1 0-0 2 1 0 5 19/12
Pete Fairbanks 1.2 2 1 1 0-0 1 1 0 7 23/16
Aaron Loup 1.0 0 0 0 0-0 2 0 0 3 11/9
Diego Castillo (SV) 0.1 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 1 3/3
LA DODGERS IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes
Tony Gonsolin (L) 1.1 1 1 1 1-0 1 1 0 6 29/16
Dylan Floro 1.1 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 3 19/10
Victor González 1.0 0 1 1 1-0 0 0 0 4 10/6
Dustin May 1.1 4 3 3 0-0 1 1 0 8 25/19
Joe Kelly 1.0 2 1 1 0-0 2 0 0 5 16/13
Alex Wood 2.0 2 0 0 1-1 2 0 0 9 26/24
Jake McGee 1.0 1 0 0 1-0 1 0 0 5 16/9

KNOTTED AT 1-1
• This is the 60th time that a World Series has been tied 1-1
after two games. Of the previous 59 times, the winner
of Game Two has gone on to capture the Series in 31
occasions (52.5%). However, that has been the case
on just four of 12 occasions since 1993 – those being
Anaheim in 2002, New York in 2009, Chicago in 2016
and Houston in 2017. The 1993 Phillies, 1997 Indians,
2003 Yankees, 2006 Tigers, 2008 Rays, 2011 Rangers,
2013 Cardinals and 2014 Royals all won Game Two to
square the Fall Classic, but went on to lose the Series.
PIVOTAL GAME THREE
• Of the previous 59 times that a World Series has been
tied, 1-1, the team winning Game Three has gone on to
win the Commissioner’s Trophy on 38 occasions (64.4%).
That has been the case in five of the last eight (except
St. Louis in 2013, Kansas City in 2014 and Cleveland
in 2016), and 12 of the last 16 instances, with the other
exception being 2003, when the Yankees won Game 3 to
take a 2-1 lead, but lost the next three contests. Prior to
that, it had not occurred since 1979, when Baltimore took
a 2-1 lead against Pittsburgh before losing the series in
seven.
DODGERS AT 1-1
• This marks the 13th time since 1900 that the Dodgers
have been tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Postseason series,
previously doing so in the 2018 NLCS (Milwaukee); the
2017 World Series (Houston); the 2016 NLCS (CHI
Cubs); the 2009 NLCS (Philadelphia); the 1988 NLCS
(NY Mets); the 1977 World Series (NY Yankees); the
1974 World Series (Oakland); the 1959 World Series (CHI
White Sox); the 1952 World Series (NY Yankees); the
1949 World Series (NY Yankees); the 1941 World Series
(NY Yankees); and the 1920 World Series (Cleveland).

• Of the previous 12 occurrences, the Dodgers only went
on to win the 2018 NLCS, the 1988 NLCS and the 1959
World Series.
RAYS AT 1-1
• This marks the third time in franchise history that the
Rays have been tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven Postseason
series. Both previous occurrences came during Tampa
Bay’s 2008 playoff run, with them defeating Boston in the
ALCS before falling to Philadelphia in the Fall Classic.
GAME TWO RESULTS
• The Rays improved to 7-4 in Game Two of a Postseason
series, and are now 2-0 in Game Two of the Fall Classic.
Tampa Bay is now a perfect 4-0 this Postseason in Game
Two.

• The Dodgers dropped to 28-23 in Game Two of a
Postseason series, and are now 10-11 in Game Two of
the Fall Classic. Los Angeles is now 2-2 this Postseason
in Game Two.
KEYSTONE POWER
• Second baseman Brandon Lowe connected for a pair of
home runs tonight. He became the first player in franchise
history to club multiple homers in a Fall Classic game. It
marks the seventh such game by a Ray in Postseason
history, most recently accomplished by his teammate
Manuel Margot in Game Six of the ALCS against the
Astros.
• In addition, it marked the 55th multi-homer game in World
Series history, and the first since Steve Pearce in Game
Five of the 2018 Fall Classic.
• Lowe became the sixth second baseman (seventh time)
in World Series history to record a multi-homer game,
joining Chase Utley (2009 G1 and G5), Jeff Kent (2002
G5), Davey Lopes (1978 G1), Charlie Neal (1959 G2)
and Tony Lazzeri (1932 G4).
SNELLZILLA
• Blake Snell tossed 4.2 innings of two-run ball tonight with
nine strikeouts, four walks and two hits allowed. Snell
had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings before giving up a
two-run homer to Chris Taylor.

• With nine punchouts, Snell surpassed Glasnow (8) for the
franchise record in a World Series game. He matched
his personal Postseason record, which he set in Game
One of this year’s Wild Card round against the Blue Jays.
Glasnow’s 10-strikeout performance in Game Two of this
year’s ALDS against the Yankees paces the franchise’s
Postseason mark.

• Snell became the first pitcher in World Series history
to throw fewer than 5.0 innings with nine strikeouts. It
marked the 10th such outing in Postseason history overall,
and the first since Washington’s Patrick Corbin last year
in Game Four of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

• Snell became the third pitcher in World Series history to
tally at least two strikeouts in four consecutive innings,
joining Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.
Game Two Postgame Notes – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
FIVE-INNING ROAD BLOCK
• Following Blake Snell’s 4.2 inning-start, the Rays
became the sixth team in World Series history to have
four consecutive starters not reach 5.0 innings (Tyler
Glasnow, 2020 G2; Scott Kazmir, 2008 G5; and Andy
Sonnanstine, 2008 G4).
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays became
the first AL Club to do so, as it was previously accomplished
by the Dodgers (5G, 2017-18); the Cardinals (5, 1987-
2004); the Giants (4, 1989); the Padres (4, 1984) and the
Dodgers (7, 1947).
DOING IT ALL
• Manuel Margot became the first player in franchise
history to log at least two hits, a walk, one run scored
and stolen base in a Fall Classic contest. It marked the
third such game in Rays Postseason history, previously
accomplished by Joey Wendle (2020 ALDS G2) and
Evan Longoria (2008 ALDS G1).
TWO-OUT PROWESS
• The Dodgers scored two runs tonight with two outs, and
have now amassed 43 two-out RBI this Postseason. The
next closest this Postseason is Houston and Tampa Bay
at 22.
• Since 1999, the Dodgers’ 43 two-out RBI rank fourth in
a single Postseason, behind only Boston (46) in 2004,
Boston (45) in 2018 and San Francisco (45) in 2002.
SEAGER STAYS HOT
• Corey Seager launched his seventh home run of the
2020 Postseason tonight, extending his franchise record
for a single Postseason.
• Seager became the 10th player in MLB Postseason history
to club seven-or-more homers in a single playoff run, and
joined Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena (7). Nelson Cruz
(2011), Carlos Beltrán (2004) and Barry Bonds (8) are
the only players in history with eight homers in a single
Postseason.
• Seager became the first shortstop in history to hit seven
homers in a single Postseason.
• 2020 is the first Postseason in history to feature a pair
of hitters club at least seven round-trippers (Arozarena/
Seager)
9-HITTER POWER
• Chris Taylor broke up Blake Snell’s no-hit bid in the fifth
inning tonight with his second career World Series home
run (also 2017 G1), and the fifth of his Postseason career.
• Taylor’s round-tripper was the 15th by a player ninth in
the batting order this Postseason, the most in a single
Postseason. He became the first Dodgers player to do
so since Kirk Gibson’s walk-off homer in Game One of
the 1988 Fall Classic.
SLUGGING BACKSTOP
• Will Smith clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning
tonight, his first career World Series home run. He
became the fourth catcher (10th time) in Dodgers history
to homer in a Fall Classic, joining Steve Yeager, John
Roseboro and Hall of Famer Roy Campanella.
• Smith became the first catcher younger than 26 years old
to homer in a World Series game since Salvador Perez
in 2014 (G1).
SHORT START
• Tony Gonsolin tossed 1.1 innings in his start tonight,
facing six batters and surrendering one run via Brandon
Lowe’s solo round-tripper.
• Gonsolin became the eighth starter in World Series
history to pitch as few innings while not giving up more
than one run, joining David Wells (2003 G5), Josh Tudor
(1988 G3), Harry Taylor (1947 G4), Howie Pollet (1946
G5), Lefty Gomez (1939 G3), Guy Bush (1932 G4) and
Curly Ogden (1924 G7). Since both Wells and Tudor
left their starts with injuries, it was the shortest stint by a
starting pitcher in a World Series game allowing no more
than one run since at least 1947.
WALK THIS WAY
• With his free pass in the second inning, Max Muncy’s
17 walks this Postseason rank fourth-most all-time in
a single Postseason, trailing only Barry Bonds (27 BB,
2002), Gary Sheffield (20, 1997) and Hall of Famer
Chipper Jones (18, 1999).
THE WORLD’S GAME
• With his start at first base tonight, Ji-Man Choi became
the first Korean-born position player to appear in a World
Series game.
• According to each Club’s WS rosters, the teams combine
for 15 foreign-born players. The 15 players hail from the
Dominican Republic (four – Willy Adames, Pedro Báez,
Diego Castillo, Manuel Margot); Puerto Rico (three – Kiké
Hernández, Michael Perez, Edwin Ríos); Cuba (two Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz); Mexico (two – Victor González, Julio Urías); Curaçao (one – Kenley Jansen); Japan (one – Yoshitomo Tsutsugo); South Korea (one –
Ji-Man Choi); and Venezuela (one – Brusdar Graterol)

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