CLEVELAND, Ohio — He left Cleveland after his Cavaliers were bounced from the playoffs in the spring of 2010. It was a couple of months before “The Decision” that took LeBron James to South Beach and his first NBA title.
In the three years since Mike Brown was fired, the Cavaliers won a grand total of 64 games under Byron Scott. Bear in mind, Scott played very young stars and Brown engineered two straight seasons of 60 plus wins before he was canned. Yes, he had LeBron James on the court, but 60 wins are 60 wins.
Not soon after Scott was fired on Thursday, Mike Browns’ name surfaced. At the news conference to announce the coaching change General Manager Chris Grant declined to address a direct question about Brown’s candidacy. Despite getting bounced by the Cavs, Brown and Grant remain close.
Thursday afternoon, Grant said the team has not started the process of looking for the next coach.
Certainly a statement for public consumption, but you know that conversations have had to take place at Cleveland Clinic Courts about a short list of possible coaches.
After Fox 8’s sports anchor John Telich reached out to Mike Brown, the ex Cavs coach texted him on Thursday night, stating he had not heard from the Cavaliers.
Brown indicated to Mary Schmitt Boyer, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he certainly would listen if the team called. He went on to state the situation (any situation) had to be a right fit for him and his family.
“We’re looking for someone with proven success, looking for someone who has a strong defensive system, someone who is a teacher, grinder and a worker,” said Grant.
Sounded like he was describing Mike Brown. He is a very strong defensive coach and helped turn LeBron James into a defensive All NBA player. The Cavs would not have teams routinely shoot a high percentage against his kind of defense.
This would not be unprecedented. Recall how George Steinbrenner fired Billy Martin but brought him back to manage the Yankees.
Brown may still be smarting from getting fired so early in the season by the Lakers, but coaches coach and even though he is still getting big bucks from Los Angeles , it’s possible he could return.
Brown is the all time winningest coach by percentage in Cavaliers history with a 272-138 record.
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