Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Mike Brown: Where Do They Go from Here?

May 24th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
In the early hours of Monday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they had fired head coach Mike Brown , the 2008-09 NBA Coach of the Year.

Brown ends his tenure in Cleveland as statistically the best coach in franchise history. Over five years, he finished with a 314-167 record, including a 42-29 record in the postseason.

Under Brown, the Cavs never lost in the first round of the playoffs, won 50 or more games in four different seasons, had the best record in the league the last two years, and made their first ever NBA Finals appearance in 2007.

But ultimately, despite pretty much overachieving in the playoffs from 2006-2008, it was the postseason failures in the last two years that led to his demise.

The decision to let Brown go could not have been an easy one, especially considering the circumstances.

This is a franchise that won 50-plus games just three times before Brown arrived.

They made the conference finals twice from 1970-2006; they made it twice in a three-year span (2007 and 2009).

Brown was the winningest playoff coach in Cavalier history, and was the longest tenured head coach in ...

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