A Mike Brown-Out In Cleveland

May 24th, 2010 by Ben Steigerwalt Leave a reply »
In the surprise of the week, Mike Brown has been fired as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If you didn’t see that coming, I’ve got a great deal on some .com stocks for you.

It will be interesting to see how this story is handled from an editorial standpoint.  There is an inherent dislike when a successful coach is let go.

And let’s be clear: Brown was a very successful regular season coach. He had easily the most successful coaching run in Cleveland Cavaliers history. That’s kind of like being the best head coach in L.A. Clippers history, minus the racist owner.

It will be interesting to hear some of the details of this story. Obviously, the main reason to let go of Brown was the Cavaliers’ failure in the playoffs, though a 42-29 (.592) playoff record isn’t an atrocity.

But only one NBA Finals appearance and one Eastern Conference Finals appearance, in five years—with the best player in the league—is atrocious. 

Other reasons may have included the team’s lack of chemistry and playing Shaquille O’Neal significantly more th ...

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