Why Mike Brown Is Going to Lose His Job

May 16th, 2010 by David Spohn Leave a reply »
As far as impressive pedigrees go, few NBA assistant coaches can boast a better one than Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown.

Mike Brown worked under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio for years and won a championship; then aligned with Rick Carlisle in Indiana, where they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

With the in season firing of Paul Silas in 2004, the Cavaliers head coaching position became vacant. The following offseason, Mike Brown was named head coach, and experts from coast to coast praised his hiring as one of the young up and coming assistants available.

From 2005-2008, the Cavaliers got by on LeBron James' individual brilliance and the Cavalier's defensive identity forged by Mike Brown. Their roster was laden with marginal talent like Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Larry Hughes, Eric Snow, Sasha Pavlovic, Drew Gooden and Wally Szczerbiak. This was their rotation, and incredibly, they won.

Despite having an All-NBA caliber star like LeBron James on the roster, it was perceived that Mike Brown was overachieving based on the remainder of his roster muddling in mediocrity.

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