‘You can tell me to shut the bleep up’ — Mike Brown shares a funny Alfonzo McKinnie anecdote

Kerr’s top lieutenant joins ‘Joe, Lo & Dibs’ for an always-entertaining conversation

Karl Buscheck
November 29, 2018 - 12:44 pm

From Damion Lee to Jonas Jerebko to Alfonzo McKinnie, there are no shortage of inspiring stories from the Warriors’ bench in the opening months of 2018.

For Mike Brown, Steve Kerr’s underboss, none is better than the emergence of McKinnie, who went from the basketball wildnerness to making the Warriors as a training camp invite.

In an appearance on “Joe, Lo & Dibs” on Thursday morning, Brown shared a memorable anecdote about the reserve wing.

As Brown detailed, “Alfonzo” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. So, he took to calling him “Fonz” while coaching him during camp.

McKinnie was no fan of the name, but he was in no position to protest. He was looking to make the team and was just another dude. Eventually, after Brown used the name in front of teammates and a bit of ribbing ensued, McKinnie spoke up.

“He was like, ‘Coach, it’s not Fonz. It’s Zo,’” Brown recalled. “And this is before we even played a game.”

“So, I said, ‘Look, I don’t know who you are. Right now you’re Fonz until you’re at least on our roster for one game. And, you make our roster for one game, then I’m gonna switch it up and call you Zo. And if I call you anything other than Zo, after that first game, you can tell me to shut the bleep up!’”

“And so, he was on the roster after the first game and the first thing I said (was), ‘Congratulations, Zo.’ And the smile that he had on his face? Oh my god. I just wanted to go up and hug him and pat him on his back.”

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