Mike Brown Officially Named Cavs Coach

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have named Mike Brown as the team’s new head coach, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Brown is a seven-year NBA veteran head coach and the Cavaliers all-time winningest head coach.

The 43-year-old most recently coached the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I am more than excited about Mike Brown’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mike has done nothing but win in this league since he was a first-year assistant many years ago. He is going to instill a much-needed defensive-first philosophy in our young and talented team that is going to serve as our foundation and identity as we continue down the path of building the kind of franchise that competes at a championship level for many years to come,” said Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert.

Brown led the Cavs to NBA-best records in both 2008-09 (66-16) and 2009-10 (61-21).

“I am thrilled to return to Cleveland to coach the Cavaliers. The commitment ownership and management have shown in their efforts to build a successful team and organization is deep and I am excited to lead the team forward,” said Brown in a statement. “Nothing would mean more to me and my family than to help bring success to this very special community and to all of our committed and loyal fans.”

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